Monday 19 February 2018

Carlow electoral area: confirmed seats and updates

Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

RETURNING officer Eamon Brophy was the most popular man in Carlow early this morning, as he finally filled the three final seats in the county's south electoral area.

Twenty hours after the boxes were initially opened, the eight seats in the Carlow South lea were filled by a Fine Gael trio- Michael Doran, John Murphy and Denis Foley.

Fianna Fail's PJ Kavanagh was eliminated.

All the seats have been filled in that lea, and Deputy Pat Deering had predicted earlier that the day that his Fine Gael party may clinch at least three, but they eventually came home with three.

Independent Charlie Murphy was elected after the first count, after he overwhelmingly topped the poll with a count of 1,377.

He was followed closely by Fine Gael's Tommy Kinsella who received 1,130 votes.

It wasn't until the third round before someone was elected again, when Labour's Willie Quinn took a seat.

Andy Gladney made Sinn Fein history in his lea, as he became the first ever SF candidate to secure a seat on the county council from Carlow South.

Fianna Fail secured their only seat in the lea in tenth count, when Arthur McDonald was finally elected.

The final vote in that lea is:

FG 4, FF 1,  SF 1,  Lab 1, Independent 1.


Labour's Jim Townsend also bid an emotional farewell to the count centre when he was eliminated after the 11th count.


The political stalwart received a standing ovation from those left, as he had dedicated 35 years to serving on the county council.


Meanwhile, as the Carlow North electoral count  finished for the night shortly before 2.30am, the most poignant moment of the day came as Fine Gael's Brian O'Donoghue was elected.


The emotional young man was lost for words in immediately after his ratification, and said that he was thinking of his late parents who had passed away.


Surrounded by his three brothers, the Rathvilly native said he was "proud and relieved".


"I was absolutely blown away earlier on when I seen 1,018.  To think that that many people went into a room to say they wanted me before they wanted somebody else...," he told the Irish Independent.


His father Brian Snr passed away six years ago, while his mother Laura's second anniversary will occur later this summer, and he said he couldn't let the moment pass without saying something about them.


"Daddy would be going cracked, why aren't you wearing a tie.  He'd be blaming Mammy for not making me wear a tie," he joked. 


"My brothers have been superb.  They were my poster-ers, my campaign managers.  And my aunties were my funders- my everything.  Family, family, family," he added.


Fianna Fail start today's count in a strong position, where they currently have secured three seats, in the first two counts.


FG's Brian O'Donoghue was elected in the third count while one of Fianna Fail's youngest candidates nationally, Fintan Phelan,was elected on his second count.


Jennifer Murnane O'Connor, who celebrate her birthday, topped the poll while Tullow favourite John Pender came a close second.


The Carlow North lea has five of the ten seats filled.


FF 3, SF 1, FG 1.


Counting on the Carlow North lea reconvene's at 10am this morning.

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