Saturday 14 December 2019

Cork County electoral area: Latest update

Olivia Kelleher

Political dynasties continue to thrive in Irish politics with Seamus McGrath (FF) looking set to top the poll in the Ballincollig/ Carrigaline Electoral Area in Co Cork polling in excess of 2,000 more votes than his nearest rival.

Sitting councillor Seamus McGrath is a brother to Fianna Fail Finance spokesperson  Michael McGrath. The brothers, who are both still in their thirties, have five other siblings and grew up in Passage West,Co Cork.

They suffered a tragedy earlier this year when their brother Sean (41) was found dead at his home.

Ambitious and driven the McGrath brothers have cemented their positions in Cork politics in recent years and are considered a force to be reckoned with in to the future.

Speaking at County Hall in Cork yesterday where he looked set to top the poll on 19.84% Cllr Seamus McGrath said he was greatly encouraged by his strong performance.

"At this stage it looks as if I have a safe seat so I am absolutely delighted. I think the vote seems to be very fragmented to be honest. Looking at some of the transfers they seem to going more locally than party transfers. I think it will be a long long night. It is all really encouraging for me personally."

McGrath's nearest rival in Ballincollig/Carrigaline is Donnchadh O'Laoghaire (SF) on 10.75% and Derry Canty (FG) on 6.37%.

In Blarney/Macroom, Co Cork Aindrias Moynihan (FF) looks set to top the poll on 20% with Michael Creed (FG) following on 18.3% and Des O'Grady (SF) third on 13.7%. Damien Boylan (FG) and Bob Ryan (FF) are also in the running for seats.

In East Cork Former County Mayor Barbara Murray (FF) is really struggling to retain her seat. Noel Collins (NP) looks set to top the poll with Pat Buckley (SF) in second and Michael Hegarty (FG) in third. The fourth highest polling candidate is Sinn Fein member Michelle Hennessy.

Meanwhile, in Cobh, Co Cork Padraig O'Sullivan (FF) looks set to top the poll with 14.8%, Kieran McCarthy (SF) is on 12.2% with Anthony Barry (FG) on 9.5%. The fourth highest polling candidate is expected to be Conor Murphy (FG) on 7.7%.

Labour looks set to be the big loser in Co Cork receiving just 2.87% of the tallied votes in the Ballincollig/Carrigaline area.

Sinn Fein are expecting to perform strongly in the county with two seats in Cobh almost a given at this juncture. SF are also expected to secure a seat in Ballincollig.

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