Tuesday 16 January 2018

Kerry electoral area: Final Tally

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

FINAL tally figures for Kerry show seven candidates vying for 33 seats will have reached the quota on the first count.

The first count is now underway at the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre for the Killarney and South and West Kerry areas.

The Listowel and Tralee boxes have been transferred to John Mitchell's GAA club in Tralee for counting.

There will be double celebrations for the Healy-Raes with father and son, Danny and Johnny topping the poll in their respective areas.

Danny Healy-Rae polled strongly with 4,379 first preferences or 23.9pc in the Killarney area - over two quotas - while his son Johnny was also home and dry in South and West Kerry with 3,503 votes or 16.9pc - more than 1,200 over the quota.

Michael Gleeson of the South Kerry Independent Alliance is also home safe in the eight-seater, well exceeding the quota in the Killarney area, polling 11.2pc.

It's also looking good for Brendan Cronin (Ind), Bobby O'Connell (FG) and Fianna Fail's John Joe Culloty.

Labour could be in trouble here and it looks like Sean Counihan could be slogging it out with Donal Grady (Ind) or John Sheahan (FG) for one of the final seats.

In South and West Kerry Michael Cahill (Ind) is also looking comfortable to take the second seat, only 100 votes short of the quota.

With many candidates tied at this stage it's harder to predict in what order the next seats will be taken but Fine Gael's Seamus Cosai Fitzgerald and PJ Donovan and Fianna Fáil's Michael O'Shea and Norma Foley are also well placed.

Fine Gael's Patrick Connor-Scarteen and Matt Griffin will struggle to hold onto their seats.

Sinn Fein's Toireasa Ferris and Pa Daly will both be elected on the first count, both well exceeding the quota in the Tralee area.

Norma Foley (FF), Jim Finucane (FG), Pat McCarthy (FG) and Terry O'Brien (Lab) also look set to be re-elected.

Graham Spring will struggle for a seat in the Tralee area.

Again in Listowel, two candidates looked certain to exceed the quota and be elected on the first count with John Brassil (FF) topping the poll at 13pc, followed by Sinn Fein's Robert Beasley at 12.4pc.

Fianna Fáil looks likely to claim two of the seven seats with John Moloney also polling well.

Newcomer Aoife Thornton (FG) is well placed to take the third seat, followed closely by her colleague Liam Purtill.

Again, Labour could be in trouble in Listowel with sitting councillor Pat Leahy polling 5.2pc in first preferences.

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