Saturday 24 March 2018

Local elections: FF's Seamus Coyle elected in Monaghan after re-run

Re-run prompted by death of FG's Owen Bannigan

Cllr Owen Bannigan
Cllr Owen Bannigan

A Fianna Fail candidate, outgoing councilor, Seamus Coyle, topped the poll in the first count in the re-run Local Election for the Ballybay-Clones municipal area on Monaghan County Council today.

The election was re-run because of the death of a Fine Gael candidate, Owen Bannigan, on polling day last month.

Coyle, with 1,499 first preferences,  was declared elected to one of the six seats,   along with two  of the  eleven candidates, Fine Gael’s Ciara McPhillips, who polled 1,348, and Sinn Fein’s Cathy Bennett, who received 1,295 on the first count.

The electorate was 15,326 and the poll figure was 8,964,  representing a turnout of 58pc with 73 spoiled votes, and a valid poll of 8,891.

The quota was set at 1,271.

The distribution of the surpluses obtained by McPhillips, and Bennett, continued with the second count.

The indications are that Fine Gael is  likely to claim three of the six seats with Sinn Fein getting two and Fianna Fail taking one. One of the Fine Gael candidates likely to claim a seat is Eugene Bannigan, the 21-years-old son of the Owen Bannigan.

The tally figures showed Fine Gael with 40 per cent of the votes, Sinn Fein with 27pc and  Fianna Fail with 26pc.

The Green Party candidate and two Independents only claimed  around 7pc of the vote in the area.

No one was elected on the second count which involved distribution of Ciara McPhillips’ and Cathy Bennett’s  total surpluses of 101 votes.

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