Friday 23 March 2018

Transfers matter

•Your correspondent Michael Brennan states that the result of the 1990 presidential election was the only one decided by transfers (Irish Independent, September 27). Certainly Mary Robinson was elected on the second count, having mopped up the lion's share of Austin Curry's votes and overtaking Brian Lenihan, who had headed the poll. However, your correspondent fails to mention that a similar situation occurred in the presidential election of 1945. On that occasion, no candidate was elected on the first count. Sean T O'Kelly was victorious on the second count. He was elected on the transfers of Dr Patrick McCartan, ahead of General Sean MacEoin.

Iggy O'Donovan
Drogheda, Co Louth

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