Monday 19 March 2018

Kenny Egan faces fight to gain seat

Only came seventh of eight in tallies

Alan O'Keeffe

Olympic boxing hero Kenny Egan had a tough fight to keep from being knocked out of the ring in the tally of votes in his native Clondalkin today

Although there were eight seats in the contest in his area, he only managed to come seventh with 7.6pc of the votes  in the battle between the candidates.

While his Fine Gael backers declared he would probably survive to take one of the last seats, he got less votes than running mate Emer Higgins who came fifth in the first tallies with 8.3 pc.

Overall in the South Dublin County Council area, Sinn Fein did remarkably well.

The first tallies in the six electoral areas, the Sinn Fein candidates showed strong success, more than doubling the party's number ones in many areas.

In Clondalkin, Sinn Fein's two candidates  Eoin O'Broin and Jonathan Graham got more than three quotas between them. Fianna Fail's Trevor Gilligan and People Before Profit candidate Gino Kenny both exceeded the quotas.

In Tallaght South, two Sinn Fein candidates Cllr Cathal King and Louis Dunne scooped 51pc of the entire vote between them.

In Rathfarnham, the tallies showed Fianna Fail's John Lahart topped the poll with 15.9pc. Annie-Marie Dermody of Fine Gael was lying second on 13.1pc and Sarah Holland of Sinn Fein was third on 12.9pc. 

In Tallaght Central, the top three tallied were Sinn Fein's Maire Devine leading on 22.25pc, Fianna Fail's Charlie O'Connor on 15.8pc and Anti Austerity Alliance's Mick Murphy on 12.8pc.

In Templeogue/Terenure,  Independent Dermot Looney came top with almost 17pc,  Independent Ronan McMahon was in second on 13.7pc and Fintan Warfield of Sinn Fein was third on 11.5pc.

In Lucan, it appeared that Fine Gael's William Lavelle topped the poll and safely elected, with Danny O'Brien of Sinn Fein also exceeding the quota and Independent Gus O'Connell in third place.

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