Saturday 7 December 2019

Cork Electoral area: Latest updates

Ralph Riegel

Labour were involved in a desperate battle for political survival in Cork as their vote collapsed to below 8pc.

Tallies indicated that Labour, which won seven of the 31 seats on Cork City Council in 2009, may now be lucky to retain just one council seat across the six wards.

Outgoing Lord Mayor Cllr Catherine Clancy (Lab) is now expected to be the only party candidate with a realistic chance of holding her seat.

However, tallies indicated that she will be dependent on transfers from Independents and Sinn Fein if she is to take the final seat.

Party strategists said they could take three seats if "there is a transfer miracle."

But the likelihood is that Labour face a near wipe-out.

It represents a remarkable collapse for Labour who, in 2009, emerged as the second largest party on the council behind Fine Gael and narrowly ahead of Fianna Fail.

Fianna Fail may potentially increase their council numbers but the real winners are expected to be Independents and Sinn Fein.

Tallies indicate that Sinn Fein will either top or be second in the ballots across all six city wards.

The party could potentially win up to eight seats.

If tallies and transfer predictions prove correct, SF and Independents will dramatically alter the balance of power on Ireland's second largest urban authority.

Fine Gael expressed satisfaction with their electoral strategy where careful vote management and transfer agreements are expected to allow them dominate elections for the fifth, sixth and seventh seats.

Former Lord Mayor Cllr John Buttimer (FG) was the party's stand-out performer in Cork and is tipped to top the poll in the south west ward.

FG are expected to remain the largest party on the council.

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