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Famous five: The Dáil hopefuls who missed out on seats for Mary Lou


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Sinn Féin's extraordinary electoral success saw just five of the 42 candidates it ran in the General Election fail to get elected to the 33rd Dáil.

The party contested every constituency in the country except for Cork North-West.

In Cork South-West, the party's candidate and county councillor Paul Hayes failed to get elected. This was despite him having polled 4,777 first-preference votes on count one putting him ahead of the Fianna Fáil TD Margaret Murphy-O'Mahony who failed to hold her seat.

He was also ahead of Social Democrat councillor Holly Cairns on the first count but she eventually leap-frogged him with transfers to take the third and final seat.

In Dublin Rathdown, Sorcha Nic Cormaic failed to take a seat despite polling 4,926 first-preference votes - more than Fianna Fáil's best hope for a seat, Shay Brennan, and outgoing Transport Minister Shane Ross.

In Dún Laoghaire, Sinn Féin's candidate and Killiney/Shankill councillor Shane O'Brien polled just over 6,000 first-preference votes and was ahead of Fianna Fáil's Cormac Devlin and Mary Hanafin on count one, but the elimination of Ms Hanafin, the former education minister, put Mr Devlin over the top and into the Dáil.

In Galway East, 22-year-old student Louis O'Hara failed to take a seat having been eliminated on the eighth and final count.

Mr O'Hara came second in count one with more than 7,100 first-preference votes. This put him ahead of Fine Gael junior minister Ciarán Cannon and Fianna Fáil TD Anne Rabbitte but the elimination of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil's second candidates in the constituency put the two outgoing deputies back into the Dáil

Finally, former councillor Séighin Ó Ceallaigh came third on count one in Limerick County with 6,916 first-preference votes but he was overtaken on transfers by Independent Richard O'Donoghue, a former Fianna Fáil councillor.

It is estimated that Sinn Féin could have won between five and 11 extra Dáil seats across other constituencies where its candidates topped the poll with large surpluses.

Irish Independent