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Tuesday 15 October 2019

Local elections 2019: The winners and losers after mammoth 949 seats filled

Mary Lou McDonald's Sinn Fein lost a total of 78 seats, while the Green Party under Eamon Ryan's leadership gained 49
Mary Lou McDonald's Sinn Fein lost a total of 78 seats, while the Green Party under Eamon Ryan's leadership gained 49

Markus Krug

AFTER years of preparation, months of campaigning, and days of counting, all 949 seats up for grabs in the local elections in 2019 have been filled.

So, what are the big picture takeaways?

A major talking point was obviously the so called 'green wave' that saw the Green Party claim 49 council seats and 5.5pc of all first preference votes this time round.

The party of Eamon Ryan and newly-elected MEP Ciarán Cuffe increased their first preference votes by 3.9pc and claimed 37 seats more than in 2014 in the local elections.

They had targeted a doubling of their seats this time round - instead they tripled their allocation. Quite the turnaround.

Both Fianna Fail and Fine Gael are unlikely to be overly enthused by their local election returns.

Although both increased their number of seats, and both remain way out in front as the biggest parties in local elections, neither will have seen enough to persuade them that it is in their interests to go back to the country for a general election any time soon.

The so-called 'Leo Bounce' was certainly notable by its absence.

The Social Democrats, on the other hand, will be particularly happy - managing to secure 19 seats just four years after the foundation of the party.

The optics for Sinn Fein - and its leader Mary Lou McDonald - are poor.

The party did very well in 2014 but has seen almost half of those seats disappear in 2019.

Solidarity People Before Profit was not able to benefit from Sinn Féin’s struggles. The left-wing party ended up with only 11 council seats throughout Ireland.

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