Thursday 22 March 2018

Cork update: FG, FF & SF get seats in Bandon-Kinsale

Bandon Kinsale Final Seat Distribution: FG 3 FF 2 SF 1

Louise Roseingrave

Sinn Fein’s Rachel McCarthy secured a decisive victory in Bandon-Kinsale topping the poll with 2,344 first preference votes.

The 30-year-old former Bandon town councillor mounted a strong campaign as an ‘alternative voice.’

Opposed to water charges and property tax, the mum of two said ‘people are looking for change.’

The others haven’t delivered,” she said.  Labour candidate Thomas O’Brien lost heavily to McCarthy, polling 1,097 first preference votes. Also elected on the first count was Fianna Fail’s Alan Coleman (2,288 first preferences), a long serving councillor first elected to Cork County Council in 1991.

The surprise incumbent here is first time candidate James O’Donovan FG (25) from Bandon, a sales manager who said he offered truth and honesty to West Cork voters, who came through on the 8th count with 2,222, 61 under quota.

The eighth count also brought Margaret Murphy O’Mahony FF and Kevin Murphy FG polled 2349 and 2368 respectively to fill the 6 seat constituency.

Irish Independent

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