Clare GE16 Live Blog

Clare GE16 Live Blog

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This year's General Election Count is taking place at The Falls Hotel, Ennistymon.
This year’s General Election Count is taking place at The Falls Hotel, Ennistymon.

The Falls Hotel is the venue for the General Election count in the Clare constituency and the question on everyone’s lips is who is going to be chosen as the County’s four representatives in the thirty second Dáil. The Clare Herald will be running a live blog across the day to keep updated on the very latest proceedings.

Our tailored GE16 twitter list aims to give you a broad range of views and breaking stories throughout the coming hours plus reaction from all the candidates. Tweet us your views to @theclareherald and to yours truly @thepmanofficial.

13:24. That’s all from us folks. Míle buíochas for joining us, we hope you enjoyed the coverage. Till next time!

13:22. Joe Carey says amount of votes got by Timmy Dooley damaged other Fianna Fáil candidates in Clare.

13:14. Clare Colleran-Molloy has thanked all her supporters in GE16. “To all of you who voted for me and canvassed with me, thank you all most sincerely”.

13:03. Timmy Dooley a noticeable absentee here in The Falls. He’s been called to party business in Dublin.

13:01. “I plan to be on the party ticket the next time around” so says Malty McDonagh.

13:00. Malty McDonagh “It was a life learning experience for me. What will be will be”.

12:58. “Winning two seats in Clare is a huge achievement, don’t ever underestimate the Carey’s”. – Joe Carey

FG Joe Carey with Senator Tony Mulcahy at The Falls Hotel Ennistymon Co Clare Count Centre .Pic Arthur Ellis/Press22.
FG Joe Carey with Senator Tony Mulcahy at The Falls Hotel Ennistymon Co Clare Count Centre .Pic Arthur Ellis/Press22.

12:57. Joe Carey “They save the best wine till last.. I was written off by many pundits but not the people”.

12:53. Returning TD Pat Breen is thrilled that he and Joe Carey will be joined by a doctor to help them with the stress. “The four TD’s that are elected will work extremely to hard to send the benefits of the return of the economy to Co Clare. The foundations have been laid to move this County forward and we have the four TD’s to do that”. Breen pays tribute to Michael McNamara who lost out.

12:52. Michael Harty “I pledge to serve them as a candidate for all the people and to serve them to the best of my ability”.

12:51. Returning Officer Patrick Wallace declares Timmy Dooley, Michael Harty, Pat Breen & Joe Carey as Clare’s TD’s for the thirty second Dáil.

12:45. “There’s an obligation on the Taoiseach to form the next Government and to be inclusive” – Breen. “We fixed the economy and now we must fix the society”.

12:43. Pat Breen “It was the hardest election of my life”. Delighted to continue working with Joe Carey.

12:42. “2011 was Fine Gael’s greatest day, we surpassed all our expectations. This year hasn’t been good, a lot of our colleagues have fallen”. – Joe Carey.

12:40. Count 12 Pat Breen (10088) Joe Carey (9915) Malty McDonagh (7762).

12:36. Fine Gael hold on to their two seats in Clare, Pat Breen & Joe Carey elected without reaching the quota.

12:35. Count 12 is due very shortly!

12:35. “It has been a bit of a rollercoaster” – Joe Carey.

12:33. Fine Gael duo Pat Breen and Joe Carey have arrived in The Falls.

12:31. News from Cork – and it’s bad news for Labour. Ciarán Lynch, who was head of the banking inquiry, has been eliminated in Cork South Central on Count Nine.

12:30. Gerry Adams has been elected in Louth topping the poll.

12:29. Eoghan Murphy of Fine Gael and Eamon Ryan of the Green Party have been elected in Dublin Bay South. This means that the Green Party now has two representatives in the Dáil.

12:26. Deirdre Culligan is shocked the amount of transfers Pat Breen received from Kilrush’s Ian Lynch. “Sure the last time he was in Kilrush was 5 years ago -we don’t know him”.

12:23. Team behind Malty McDonagh say they expected more first preference votes for the candidate, he got 4726.

12:20. The underdog Malty McDonagh may rue the lack of votes he picked up on transfers at the beginning of the count. (23, 22, 15, 190, 43, 59, 441, 390, 252, 90, 700).

12:16. His Fine Gael colleague Joe Carey has been more transfer friendly. Here are the transfers he has picked up throughout the count. (44, 333, 47, 583, 116, 138, 30, 360, 113 & 396).

Pat Breen (left) with Luke Hogg and Dan McInerney at The Falls Hotel Ennistymon Co Clare Count Centre on .Pic Arthur Ellis/Press22.
Pat Breen (left) with Luke Hogg and Dan McInerney at The Falls Hotel Ennistymon Co Clare Count Centre on .Pic Arthur Ellis/Press22.

12:15. Focusing on Pat Breen now for a moment. The following are the amount votes he has received in each count (38, 19, 217, 480, 83, 92, 25, 276, 95 & 382).

12:11. Three candidates remain vying for two seats. This is how they stand; Pat Breen (8292), Joe Carey (7931) and Malty McDonagh (6929).

12:05. Fine Gael insiders are predicting that Joe Carey will overtake Pat Breen for the third seat in Clare. The Clarecastle TD has been more transfer friendly than Breen in every count except one, that being the distribution of Ian Lynch’s surplus.

12:03. Malty McDonagh needs to make up a gap of 1002 votes to catch Joe Carey. 361 votes separate Carey and Pat Breen.

12:00. Expected that the twelfth count will be our last. Oh the excitement!

11:58. What did Fergal find difficult about GE16? “Some of the debates were tough, talking to some of the other candidates that know the political game so well and can overwhelm you with the facts and figures makes it difficult to have a conversation and communicate in a natural way, it makes it difficult for people to see the truth in it”.

11:55. More from Smith “People are still slow to change. Everyone loved what we were doing but still couldn’t change their vote., however, we initiated it and it will take time to change but its starting”.

Candidate Fergal Smith with his 15 month old daughter Sunshine, at The Falls Hotel Ennistymon Co Clare Count Centre .Pic Arthur Ellis/Press22.
Candidate Fergal Smith with his 15 month old daughter Sunshine, at The Falls Hotel Ennistymon Co Clare Count Centre .Pic Arthur Ellis/Press22.

11:53. Fergal Smith of the Green Party has been speaking about his campaign. “We raised all the issues we wanted to bring forward, respected the earth and got people talking about the way we look after our planet. I might not have been elected but I feel we put green politics on the agenda in County Clare”.

11:49. Caitriona Considine tweeted us this “Thanks to @theclareherald bringing us right up to date on #ge16 in #Clare – 2 down, 2 to go! Count resumes 11am”. Enda O’Gorman was also on to us and also commended our friends at Clare FM “@theclareherald @Clare FM great days work yesterday on keeping #GE16 up to date well done, very impressive #ontheball #clare #Election2016“.

11:40. Plenty of you have been getting in touch with us about our coverage, keep it coming to @theclareherald and @thepmanofficial on Twitter, it’s The Clare Herald on Facebook.

GE16 Michael McNamara11:38. Distribution of Michael McNamara’s votes now taking place.

11:30. Now means another Labour Deputy has lost their TD seat.

11:25. Michael McNamara has called off the recount and conceded defeat

11:07. Michael McNamara arrived to The Falls at eleven minutes past two in the morning yesterday, he’s already here now this morning.

11:05. Examinations of papers now taking place.

11:01. Time for Labour to do some soul-searching. Chairperson of the Party in Clare, Dermot Hayes feels they will be back. “Where do we go from here in Labour–saving the country cost. We have been there before–so lets ride on”.

10:59. Counters have been issued with their final instructions in Ennistymon Let Day two begin!

Lab Michael McNamara and FF Michael McDonagh.Pic Arthur Ellis/Press22.
Lab Michael McNamara and FF Michael McDonagh.Pic Arthur Ellis/Press22.

10:51. Four candidates left with only two seats left to fill. Will Fine Gael hold on to their two seats in Clare? Will the recount put Michael McNamara back in the race or will Malty McDonagh defy the odds. You’ll just have to wait to find out.

10:43. Good morning!! We’re back once more keeping up in tune with all the latest GE16 news and views as it happens.

03:21. That’s all from us for now, we’ll be back here in the morning. Slán

03:18. The count has been adjourned until 11am. Michael McNamara’s request for a recount has been granted.

03:16. Michael McNamara is looking for a recount.

03:15. 85 votes between McNamara and Malty. Gap widens, 1002 separate Malty and Joe Carey. 361 is the distance Carey must bridge to overtake colleague Pat Breen.

03:13. Returning Officer Patrick Wallace is now in negotiations with Michael McNamara.

03:11. Very likely that Labour’s Michael McNamara has requested for a recount. If that happens the count will be adjourned and will resume in the morning.

03:10. Michael McNamara received the most transfers from Noeleen Moran. There is speculation that he may seek a recount.

03:08. Here’s how the transfers went from Noeleen Moran’s surplus. Pat Breen (8292) +382, Joe Carey (7931) +396, Malty (6929) +700, Michael McNamara (6844) +754.

03:05. Count11 Breen (8292) Carey (7931) Malty (6929) McNamara (6844).

03:04. Outgoing TD Michael McNamara has been eliminated.

03:01. Next count is expected in ten minutes. If a recount is requested the count will be adjourned. Please please don’t look for a recount, let’s finish it while we’re going.

02:55. Several of you still sticking it out to the last with us. We’ve got hits in the last few minutes from Hungary, Ballyvaughan, New York, Britain, Limerick, Dublin, Ennis, California, Tralee and Saskatchewan.

02:53. Roscommon-Galway has now filled all three seats with Fianna Fáil’s Eugene Murphy taking the final one on the eighth count of the night. He joins Denis Naughten and Michael Fitzmaurice who took the first and second seats respectively. So that’s two independents and a Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon-Galway; not an uncommon trend in the results nationally.

02:48. The eleventh count is taking longer than most previous. Will it be worth the wait for Fine Gael?

02:42. Time for a sing-song. Here’s GE16 candidate Dermot Mulqueen belting out a cover of ‘Cannonball’.

02:38. Fianna Fáil’s James Browne elected on tenth count in Wexford.

02:37. The biggest transfer of the night went to Timmy Dooley, that was in the distribution from Clare Colleran-Molloy’s vote, for the record it was 1378 votes.

02:34. It’s been fifty minutes since the last count.

02:32. Front page of tomorrow’s Sunday Independent suggests both Enda Kenny and Joan Burton will face leadership challenges following the results for Fine Gael and Labour.

Mary Howard .Pic Arthur Ellis/Press22.
Mary Howard .Pic Arthur Ellis/Press22.

02:28. Mary Howard got 2053 first preference votes. Daughter of the late Fine Gael senator, Michael, she will continue to do great work in Clare County Council. Will come back stronger if she runs in a future General Election.

02:26. PRO of Clare Fine Gael and 2014 Local Election candidate, Cillian Griffey believes Mary Howard was added to the ticket far too late. He now wants to see more younger people involved in the party in Clare.

02:23. Finbarr Keating wants to know why the delay with candidates arriving to The Falls. “What’s with them all arriving after midnight? Wouldn’t it be more in their line to be there earlier to thank supporters”. Time management could have went astray with move away from traditional venue.

02:21. Still plenty of you logging on to our live blog. Welcome to those of you just joining us and those of you with us from earlier on in the day, stay with us!

02:15. In Donegal; the 5-seater count has just now been called off for the night, with only one TD (FF’s Charlie McConalogue) elected so far. Pearse Doherty is going to get in soon, but fellow SF TD Padraig MacLochlainn will be in a battle with independent TD Thomas Pringle for the final seat.

02:13. Sitting TD Catherine Byrne (FG) has kept her seat in Dublin South Central, taking the third seat just now. The final seat will be between Catherine Ardagh (FF) and Bríd Smith (PBP-AAA) and will be decided by Byrne’s surplus.

02:12. Michael McNamara has arrived, it’s eleven minutes past two in the morning Michael!

02:10. Now in our seventeenth hour of live blogging!!

02:08. We’re expecting at least two more counts in the race to find out who will represent Clare in the thirty second Dáil.

02:03. We’ve been told to use our loaf by Deirdre Culligan. She says Michael McDonagh will be the big winner in the eleventh count with distribution from Noeleen Moran’s surplus “she’s from North Clare so probably Malty”. We’ll see if your right Deirdre!!

02:02. Joe Carey proving to be far more transfer friendly than his Fine Gael colleague Pat Breen.

02:01. Dublin South West has just elected its third TD out of a total of five: Seán Crowe of Sinn Féin.

02:00. 54.4% of seats in the 32nd DáIl have now been filled.

01:59. Pat Breen is closest to the quota. Still has a way to go, he needs 3491 more votes.

01:57. Labour has taken its second and third seats in close succession just now: Brendan Howlin has taken the first seat in Wexford, while Jan O’Sullivan has taken the last seat in Limerick City.

01:56. Here’s how Michael Harty’s votes were distributed for the tenth count. Breen (7910) +95,  Carey (7535) +113, Malty (6229) +90, McNamara (6090) +135, Moran (5601) +128.

01:52. Noeleen Moran is very proud to have represented Sinn Féin in Clare. She is hopeful the elected representatives in Clare will deliver. The Ballyvaughan native added “we’ve definitely made ground in this election and it will continue”.

01:50. “I was the last woman standing in this campaign so I’m delighted with that” Noeleen Moran looks for the positives.

01:49. Joe Carey “The Carey’s are always reknowned for being late, we’re late but we deliver and hopefully we’ll deliver again tonight”.

01:47. “Politics is a tough business” – Joe Carey. “I’m so proud of where I come from and the people I represent… I want to be a Government deputy. I feel we have to go back into Government and I want to be apart of that”.

01:46. Count10 Breen (7910) Carey (7535) Malty (6229) McNamara (6090) Moran (5601).

01:45. Noeleen Moran has been eliminated on the tenth count.

01:41. Carol Nolan of Sinn Féin has been elected in Offaly, taking the third and final seat.

01:40. Now waiting for the distribution of Harty’s surplus.

DR Michael Harty IND with former Mayo TD Dr Gerry Crowley at The Falls Hotel Ennistymon Co Clare Count Centre on Saturday evening.Pic Arthur Ellis/Press22.
DR Michael Harty IND with former Mayo TD Dr Gerry Crowley at The Falls Hotel Ennistymon Co Clare Count Centre on Saturday evening.Pic Arthur Ellis/Press22.

01:37. Gerry Crowley says Michael Harty can be the Champion of Rural Ireland.

01:33. Noeleen Moran’s performance has been Sinn Féin’s best in Clare since Séamus Sabhat in the 1959 by-election. Sabhat received 5464 first preference votes and 16.9% of the vote, Sean Ó Ceallaigh won the by-election which was for Éamon de Valera’s election as President of Ireland.

01:30. John Keating has got in touch with us on Twitter. “Lots in FG questioning the slogan…….now……A little late. Did anyone consider questioning it at the outset”?

01:28. Harty’s vote hasn’t been confined to just West Clare, will be intriguing to see where his vote goes. Possibly Labour’s Michael McNamara who has been very good at picking up votes.

01:21. Pat Breen “It’s been a bad day for our party, we’ve lost a lot of friends and colleagues”. He questions the choice of slogan used by Fine Gael. “Most of the political pundits are telling me we could win two seats.. It would be the perfect ending for me in Clare to have two seats in the party”.

01:18. Five candidates remain for only two seats. Will Fine Gael hold on to their two seats in Clare?

01:14. James Breen is singing, would it be an election count without it!

Dr Michael Harty is elected on the 9th count at The Falls Hotel Ennistymon Co Clare Count Centre on Saturday evening.Pic Arthur Ellis/Press22.
Dr Michael Harty is elected on the 9th count at The Falls Hotel Ennistymon Co Clare Count Centre on Saturday evening.Pic Arthur Ellis/Press22.

01:11. “We’re going to see who’ll take our ideas on board and implement them” – Dr Harty on who he will enter negotiations with in Dáil Éireann.

01:10. Here’s the breakdown of Ann Norton’s transfers. Harty (11962) +119, Breen (7815) +276,  Carey (7422) +360, Malty (6139) +252, McNamara (5955) +386, Moran (5473) +390.

01:07. “I shaved off a beard on the first of January and it was not with the intention of running for election”. – Michael Harty. “Our message resonated with rural communities”.

01:03. Count9 Harty (11962) Breen (7815) Carey (7422) Malty (6139) McNamara (5955) Moran (5473). First IND TD in Clare since James Breen.

Dr Michael Harty
Dr Michael Harty

01:00. Michael Harty has been elected.

00:58. Large crowd gathering around Michael Harty, they think Ann Norton’s surplus will elect him to the Dáil. Joe Ó Muircheartaigh commented “Real sense of anticipation building in Clare #GE16 count centre @Fallshotel as rural revolution @voteharty gets ready to have its coronation”.

00:54. Paul Murphy (PBP-AAA) has taken the second seat in Dublin South West just now. In Waterford, occasional renegade Fine Gael TD John Deasy has been elected, edging out Minister of State Paudie Coffey for the final seat.

00:52. Pat Breen has entered the building! Take your time anyway Pat!!

00:50. Local Fianna Fáil activists aren’t too hopeful Michael McDonagh will get the final seat in Clare. They’re surprised the party hasn’t been more transfer friendly.

00:47. Likewise Enda Kenny says it’s now his duty to stay on as Fine Gael leader.

00:46. Despite a very disappointing performance from the Labour Party, Joan Burton says she intends to stay on as party leader.

00:42. Transfers from Ann Norton’s surplus coming up shortly. The Clare Crusaders founder has over 3000 votes, will they push Michael Harty over the line, another candidate demanding an improvement in the Country’s health service.

00:38. Seats filled in the last few minutes: Marcella Corcoran Kennedy (FG) has been elected in Offaly. John Curran (FF) and Gino Kenny (AAA-PBP) elected in Dublin Mid West. Michael Fitzmaurice (Ind) elected in Roscommon-Galway.

00:36. Two sitting Fine Gael TDs, Regina Doherty and Helen McEntee, have been re-elected on the 9th count in Meath East.

00:32. Cllr Pat Burke questions what Michael Harty will be able to deliver for his County.

00:30. “From the day he called this election, Enda Kelly failed to sell his message”… Enda Kenny needs to look in the mirror now and see where he goes from here”. That’s what Fine Gael Cllr Pat Burke thinks in conversation with Clare FM’s Fiona Cahill.

00:25. Clare will not elect a female TD in this election. Síle de Valera was the last female representing the constituency in Dáil Éireann, she was the fourth candidate elected in 2002 with 9370 votes after the fifth count.

00:17. Sinn Féin Aengus Ó Snodaigh has been elected in Dublin South Central. The party have taken another seat in Dublin North West with Dessie Ellis elected.

00:15. Michael Harty is 558 votes away from being elected. Will Ann Norton’s surplus push him over the line?

00:13. Another doctor has entered the building. It’s Gerry Crowley from Mayo who lost out in his bid to retain his seat, he’s in the Falls to support Michael Harty’s final push.

00:12. Ann Norton has been very transfer friendly in her first General Election bid. No particular candidate expected to benefit from her surplus.

00:10. Here’s how the transfers from Timmy Dooley went. Harty (10843) +155, Breen (7537) +25, Carey (7062) +30, Malty (5887) + 390, McNamara (5569) +71,  Moran (5083) + 25, Norton (3205) +53.

00:08. As expected Malty McDonagh the big winner from Timmy Dooley’s votes, he received 390 votes.

00:06. Results from Count 8. Harty (10843) Breen (7537) Carey (7062) Malty (5887) McNamara (5569) Moran (5083) Norton (3205). Ann Norton has been eliminated.

FF Timmy Dooley is elected on the 7th count .Pic Arthur Ellis/Press22.
FF Timmy Dooley is elected on the 7th count .Pic Arthur Ellis/Press22.

00:02. Count 8, transfers of Timmy Dooley’s votes now under way.

23:59. Dublin North West count adjourned until tomorrow. Toughen up will ye and stick it out!!

23:57. Clare’s GE16 count will continue until tonight unless it slows down dramatically so says Returning Office, Patrick Wallace.

23:54. Of the remaining candidates only Pat Breen, Joe Carey and Michael McNamara have stood in a General Election before.

23:51. Another few hours left in this contest anyway folks.

23:48. Seven candidates left, three seats remain. Seven into three doesn’t go. We know our maths!

23:46. Speaking of going, RENUA leader Lucinda Creighton is gone. She’s lost her seat in Dublin Bay South.

23:45. You wouldn’t feel the day going would you?

23:44. Michael Harty is only 713 votes from a seat in Dáil Éireann.

23:41. Joe Carey is looking strong for the final seat. Almost said ‘final tweet’!!!

23:40. “I will be happy to play whatever our party leader asks me to” says Timmy Dooley “as long as I’m part of the team I don’t mind”.

23:37. Only one vote between Michael McNamara and Michael McDonagh.

GE16 Timmy

23:28. Timmy Dooley is Clare’s first elected representative to the thirty second Dáil. Now who can caption this photo for us! Send the tweets to @theclareherald and @thepmanofficial.

23:23. Clare Colleran-Molloy may have been disappointed with her result but as the results will show she was the one responsible for pushing party colleague Timmy Dooley over the line.

23:21. “The people have replaced their trust in Fianna Fáil” says Timmy Dooley.

23:20. Count7 Dooley (12150) Harty (10688) Breen (7512) Carey (7032) McNamara (5498) Malty (5497) Moran (5058) Norton (3152).

23:18. Timmy Dooley has been elected.

23:16. Here’s a stat for you. Jack Chambers (FF) elected in Dublin West becomes the first TD born in the 90s!!

23:12. Speaking on Clare FM, Brendan Daly former Minster for the Marine states “I have a feeling that Enda Kenny will be gone by March 10th”.

23:09. “The Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil way of doing things differ quiet considerably” says Madeline Taylor-Quinn Co Clare’s first ever female TD.

23:05. Fianna Fáil stalwart Brendan Daly “There is nothing to be gained in opposition. It’s good for the country that Fianna Fáil is back”.

22:59. “It just didn’t work for her on this occasion” FF Director of Elections, Gerry Reidy on Clare Colleran-Molloy in GE16. The Quin Cllr is said to be very disappointed with the outcome.

22:55. 99 votes separate Noeleen Moran and Michael McDonagh. 291 between McDonagh and Michael McNamara. The gap widens then 1547 between McNamara and Joe Carey.

GE16 Final Seat
These four individuals are in contention for the final Dáil seat.

22:52. As our Editor Mark Dunphy remarked early on in the day “it’s going to be an absolute bloodbath for the final seat”. Who’s going to come out on top?

22:44. Fianna Fáil duo Michael McDonagh & Clare Colleran-Molloy have struggled on transfers. Colleran-Molloy has been eliminated, her votes could get Malty back on track and get Timmy Dooley over the line. That would be the ideal scenario for Fianna Fáil as Dooley’s surp;use would put Malty back in a strong postion.

22:41. From Fergal Smith’s transfers; Timmy Dooley (10772) +148, Michael Harty (10360) +520, Pat Breen (7420) +83, Joe Carey (6894) + 116, Michael McNamara (5347) +451, Michael Malty McDonagh (5056) +59, Noeleen Moran (4957) +293, Ann Norton (2982) +296, Clare Colleran-Molloy (2880) +56. Clare has since been eliminated.

22:39. Transfers from Clare Colleran-Molloy will surely elect Timmy Dooley. Surely??

22:38. Are ya right there Michael? Harty & McNamara the biggest winners from Fergal Smith’s transfers, 520 & 451 respectively.

22:36. Clare Colleran-Molloy the latest candidate to be eliminated as Michael McNamara overtakes Malty

22:32. Count6 Dooley (10772) Harty (10360) Breen (7420) Carey (6894) McNamara (5347) Malty (5056) Moran (4957) Norton (2982) ColleranMolloy (2880)

Michael McDonagh speaking to Fiona Cahill of Clare FM. Picture: Eugene McCafferty.
Michael McDonagh speaking to Fiona Cahill of Clare FM. Picture: Eugene McCafferty.

22:23. Michael McDonagh’s camp are still hopeful the Miltown Malbay man will win the last seat.

22:22. Smith plans to go back to gardening and surfing.

22:21. “If no one steps to the plate, I’ll stand again. Clare needs a Green voice” – Smith

22:19. Fergal Smith “It’s been an amazing campaign, everyone’s been very supportive of what I stand for”. “I’ve never been to a count before or stood in an election so it’s all new to me”.

22:15. Back to Ian Lynch’s tweet sent to The Clare Herald for a moment, great to see such drive in a young candidate. A man will be hearing more of years in to come.

22:14. Fergal Smith of The Green Party has 2193 votes to be transferred. The professional surfer’s surplus could go everywhere.

22:11. Labour’s Michael McNamara has been very transfer friendly. Will it be enough for him to hold on to his seat?

22:07. Clare Hurling selector Michael Browne a supporter of Michael Harty has hailed the rural revolution saying he hopes it is the start of a new beginning. “There are loads of people like me who wouldn’t have an interest but it just struck a chord because we can see are slowly dying in our areas”.

22:04. Malty McDonagh not doing well on transfers throughout, it may prove to be the decisive factor.

270216 Candidates Ann Norton and Ian Lynch .Pic Arthur Ellis/Press22.
270216
Candidates Ann Norton and Ian Lynch .Pic Arthur Ellis/Press22.

22:02. Independent candidate and Clare Co Cllr Ian Lynch has tweeted us this. “Lynch out but not dead. We live to fight another day. #rebuildingclare thanks for all the support

22:00. Timmy Dooley is 777 votes away from reaching the quota.

21:57. As expected Mary Howard favours her Fine Gael comrades, 480 for Pat Breen and 583 for Joe Carey.

21:50. Count5 Dooley (10624) Harty (9840) Breen (7337) Carey (6378) Malty (4997) McNamara (4896) Moran (4664) ColleranMolloy (2842) Norton (2686) ,Smith (2193)

21:32. Dr. Michael Harty did very well from the elimination of Ian Lynch with 627 transfers

21:29. Mary Howard eliminated on fourth count.

21:27. Count4 Dooley (10,480) Harty (9605) Breen (6857) Carey (6195) Malty (4954) McNamara (4672) Moran (4611) ColleranMolloy (2716) Norton (2521) Howard (2119),Smith (2144)

20:46. Fianna Fáil are hoping Ian Lynch’s West Clare vote will boost Michael McDonagh.

20:44. Fergal Smith, Noeleen Moran the big winners from Niamh O’Brien’s surplus. Michael McDonagh struggling on transfers as is Clare Colleran-Molloy.

20:42. Count3 Dooley (10382) Harty (8978) Breen (6640) Carey (6148) Malty (4764) McNamara (4587) Moran (4519) ColleranMolloy (2697) Norton (2442) Howard (2098),Smith (2092), Lynch (1575).

20:38. Ian Lynch eliminated on the third count.

20:34. Third count due very shortly.

20:27. Leonard McMahon is worried the success of Michael Harty might have some ill-effects. “hope there’s no one looking for him to make a house-call”.

20:21. “It’s been a whirlwind five weeks for us” – Dr Harty

20:19. The doctor has entered the building.

20:17. Further excitement building in Ennistymon, as if there wasn’t enough! Reason why? Dr Michael Harty is due to arrive and a scrum is forming around the front door of the Falls, Irish rugby team could learn something!!

20:14. Not too long to wait for the third count.

20:11. “Do we go into Government and make changes or go into opposition and make changes” – Dr Moosajee Bhamjee on the dilemma facing all the political parties.

20:06. Fianna Fáil camp worried by the lack of transfers received by Michael McDonagh in first count only 23. Is he a transfer friendly candidate?

20:03. Michael Harty, Noeleen Moran, Ann Norton, Fergal Smith & Timmy Dooley the biggest winners from the second count.

20:01. “People are afraid of change”. “Apparently there’s a recover but I haven’t seen it” – Niamh O’Brien (Fís Nua).

Sinn Feins Noleen Moran greets Fis Nuas Niamh O'Brien .Pic Arthur Ellis/Press22.
Sinn Feins Noleen Moran greets Fis Nuas Niamh O’Brien .Pic Arthur Ellis/Press22.

19:58. “It’s a tough thing to stick your head above the pulpit” Niamh O’Brien wishes the remainder of candidates all the best. Says she is delighted with how she got on.

19:56. Results from second count. Timmy Dooley (10292) +77,  Michael Harty (8812) +183, Pat Breen (6621) +38, Joe Carey (6115) +44, Malty McDonagh (4749) +23, Michael McNamara (4516) +44, Noeleen Moran (4277) +61, Clare Colleran-Molloy (2673) +, Ann Norton (2321) +81, Mary Howard (2076) +23, Fergal Smith (1764) +64, Ian Lynch (1535) +41, Niamh O’Brien (1216) +62.

19:52. Niamh O’Brien now eliminated. Michael Harty the big winner on transfers in second count.

19:46. Second count expected in five minutes!

19:42. Some stats for you to chew on! The percentage turnout in Clare was 68.6%. Total electorate stands at 83,660, turnout was 57,407. 407 votes cast were invalid.

19:38. On Social Media we’re getting a reaction to Mary Howard’s comments on women not supporting women. Agnes O’Shaughnessy tweeted us “totally agree it’s a shame given the strong women that put themselves forward”. However Geraldine Herbert was of a different opinion “why should they? We should all vote, not on gender lines, but based on who is the best candidate”.

19:35. Dermot Mulqueen looks for the positives after receiving the lowest amount of votes in Clare (39). “I didn’t spend a cent on my campaign. So based on Votes/Cash, I’m the most successful candidate in Clare”.

19:29. “Women don’t support women and it’s a shame” remarks Mary Howard as the County will be without a female representative.

19:27. Fine Gael’s Mary Howard says it was very difficult to launch a successful campaign in only six weeks. “Looking forward to get normality back in my life”. “Dr Harty certainly put a spanner in the works”.

19:25. Official quota is 11,401. Timmy Dooley needs 1186 votes to reach that figure. Combined transfers of eliminated trio is 808.

19:20. First Count; Timmy Dooley (10215) Michael Harty (8629) Pat Breen (6583) Joe Carey (6071) Malty McDonagh (4726) Michael McNamara (4472) Noeleen Moran (4216) Clare Colleran-Molloy (2639) Ann Norton (2240) Mary Howard (2053), Fergal Smith (1700) Ian Lynch (1494) Niamh O’Brien (1154) Richard Cahill (699) André Sibo Hakizimana (70) Dermot Mulqueen (39).

19:16. Richard Cahill, André Sibo Hakizimana and Dermot Mulqueen eliminated after first count.

19:07. We were told first count would be between 6 and 7pm. We’re now told in the next five to ten minutes, we’ll believe it when we see/hear it!

19:01. Fine Gael insiders are refusing to call whether it will be Pat Breen or Joe Carey that secures the third seat.

18:56. Dr Michael Harty says he is overwhelmed with the support received. “They’ve come from everywhere, all over the country, from places we thought we wouldn’t do so well. Our message obviously was understood and we’re absolutely delighted”.

18:49. From where we’re standing it looks as though the discussions between Patrick Wallace and the agents of the General Election candidates has come to a close.

18:44. “There are always improvements that can be made and certainly there will be some tough talking when we go back to our own party table” says Fine Gael’s Ger O’Halloran of the party’s strategy in Clare.

18:38. 17 of the Country’s 158 TD’s have been elected.

18:33. “Michael Mc is holding his own and with a good wind at his back he should sail in at the head” according to Labour Chair in Clare, Dermot Hayes. “It will be a long night I expect and I expect Michael will get in ahead of Malty and Joe Carey”.

18:30. Social Democrats leader Catherine Murphy has been elected in Kildare North, good news for Fianna Fáil with Willie O’Dea and Billy Kelleher also securing employment for the next few years or months!!!

18:28. Votes are still being disputed between the agents of the General Election candidates and Returning Officer Patrick Wallace.

18:24. We’ve got over seventy new followers today on Twitter. Go on! Follow us @theclareherald.

18:20. “GE16 has been a huge experience. I have been blown away by the huge support of many. While I am personally dissapointed in the vote I received; I am really so disappointed because the effort put in by the team certainly deserved a much better return. To each and every team member my heartfelt gratitude. For the next few days I will be lost in the jungle that surrounds my home pruning.. or we won’t be able to find the house when spring growth starts, therapy really. Again thank you one and all: you are each of you a really nice person”. – Richard Cahill.

18:16. Vice Chair of the Labour Party in Clare, Seamus Ryan has told The Clare People that “I think that Michael McNamara’s work rate has been seriously underrepresented [in this election]”.

18:14. We’re expecting the first count very shortly. Good atmosphere in The Falls Hotel, Ennistymon.

18:03. Independent candidate Dermot Mulqueen is agreeing with Fís Nua’s Niamh O’Brien that the big parties are at an advantage with huge funding. The Ruan man said “Not alone do Big Parties get State Funding, but they are also puppets of Rothchilds”.

Patrick Wallace checks doubtful election ballots with GE16 candidate's agents. Picture: Eugene McCafferty
Patrick Wallace checks doubtful election ballots with GE16 candidate’s agents. Picture: Eugene McCafferty

17:58. Bit of controversy! Questionable ballot papers are now being examined by Returning Officer Patrick Wallace and candidates. The drama!!

17:53. Minister for Communications Alex White has just been eliminated in Dublin Rathdown, making him the first government minister to lose his seat. Fianna Fáil’s Michael Martin & Michael McGrath have both been elected in Cork South Central.

17:45. “It’s back to work Monday morning” says Norton. Were you surprised with the performance of Independent candidate Ann Norton? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook.

17:43. Norton is looking to the future “there’s always going to be an election”. She will succeed James Breen as the Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council and will be Mayor of Clare for the 2016 Fleadh.

Ann Norton flanked by Gerry Flynn & Tony Mulcahy. Picture: Eugene McCafferty
Ann Norton flanked by Gerry Flynn & Tony Mulcahy. Picture: Eugene McCafferty

17:41. Ann Norton says she knew she was under pressure immediately when Michael Harty entered the General Election race. She adds that he will hear her voice for the next four years in putting pressure on the Clare TD’s to improve the health services. “I won’t give up, I can’t for the people of Clare”.

17:36. Fergal Smith of The Green Party who has got 1666 in the final tallies. He is confident the grass will be greener in the future for the party. “Just like to thank all the people who voted for me and all my supporters for their hard work, our day will come”.

17:30. Martin Conway believes there would be an expectation among the Irish people that a conversation over a possible coalition between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will take place.

17:26. A result of importance from today. Mary Immaculate College have won the Fitzgibbon Cup after a second bout of extra time, they beat the University of Limerick 1-30 to 3-22. Clare representatives for the winner’s included Colm Galvin, Darragh Corry, Eoin Quirke, Michael O’Neill, Micháel O’Loughlin and Shane Taylor.

17:15. Fine Gael Senator Martin Conway has criticised the party’s “disastrous” campaign and “God-awful” party slogan which he says was the “worst political slogan in Irish politics”.

17:07. Patrick Wallace (Returning Officer) says first count will take place between 6 and 6:30 pm. We wait patiently.

16:58. Michael Considine is happy with The Clare Herald’s GE16 coverage. “Fair play, only place I could find proper outline for candidates in Clare,following from London, keep up the good work”!

16:55. Cillian Murphy has been giving us his views “Always room for 1 IND, too many pulling from a similar pot, @voteharty16 nailed the zeitgeist with his no doctor no village”.

16:53. Stay in touch with us across social media, tweet us @theclareherald or mise @thepmanofficial, we’re on Facebook ‘The Clare Herald’.

16:49. “I don’t see a situation in which Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will be in Government together” – Timmy Dooley

Timmy Dooley talking to Joe Ó Muircheartaigh. Picture: Eugene McCafferty
Timmy Dooley talking to Joe Ó Muircheartaigh. Picture: Eugene McCafferty

16:43. Timmy Dooley says the results show the resilience of the Fianna Fáil campaign team. “I’m pleased I’ve managed to regain the confidence of the electorate that I lost the last time”. Says it’s very hard to say who’ll get the final seat.

16:32. If the tallies are correct, it appears that Mary Howard, Fergal Smith, Ian Lynch, Niamh O’Brien, Richard Cahill, André Sibo Hakiziman and Dermot Mulqueen will not qualify for €8700 payment towards election costs.

16:30. Here’s how the final tallies are in Clare. Dooley (FF) 10059; Harty (Ind) 8454; Breen (FG) 6576; Carey (FG) 5123; McDonagh (FF) 4750; McNamara (Lab) 4394; Moran (SF) 4095; Colleran Molloy (FF) 2729; Norton (IND) 2202; Howard (FG) 2058; Smith (GP) 1666; Lynch (Ind) 1465; O’Brien (FN) 1113; Cahill (Ind) 733; Hakizimana (Ind) 63; Mulqueen (Ind) 63.

16:28. Candidates who don’t reach 25% of quota won’t qualify for an €8,700 payment towards election costs. Clare quota will be around 11,300. So based on these calculations, the candidates need to get 2,825 votes to qualify for payment.

16:23. James Breen says the sooner Timmy Dooley is elected the better for his Fianna Fáil running partners. The second count would be ideal according to former TD.

16:18. Big Clare interest in Cork today for the Fitzgibbon Cup Final. FT; Mary Immaculate College 1-18 University of Limerick 3-12, extra time will now be played.

16:14. Returning Officer Patrick Wallace has told Clare County Council Cathaoirleach James Breen that the Count will run until all four candidates are elected. There will be no recess tonight so we will be going until the very early hours!

16:05. A lot of you are following The Clare Herald’s live blog!! Areas such as London, Minnesota,  San Francisco, Toronto, Basel have been clicking onto our blog in the last five minutes, fair play to you all!

16:02. First Count is now expected to take place between 6 and 7pm this evening. The wait goes on!

15:53. Independent candidate Richard Cahill has left the Falls before the first count. He says he’s neglected his garden and needs to do some pruning!

15:51. Shane Ross is the first elected TD of the thirty second Dáil in Dublin Rathdown.

15:49. We wrap up our national roundup in Wicklow. Stephen Donnelly remains on course to top the poll and retain his seat for the Social Democrats. Simon Harris of Fine Gael on almost 17% has opened a slight lead on Sinn Fein rival John Brady but both look set to capture seats. Who will secure the final two seats remains in the balance, with Fianna Fail’s Pat Casey and Andrew Doyle of Fine Gael and Billy Timmins the deputy leader of Renua both in contention.

15:47. 100% of the boxes have now been tallied in Wexford. There are seven contenders for the five seats. Labour Minister Brendan Howlin is in the lead at 14%. At 13.7% Fianna Fail’s James Browne, son of outgoing TD John Browne, is sitting pretty. Independent and last election’s poll-topper Mick Wallace is on 11% alongside Fine Gael and Government chief whip Paul Kehoe. Sinn Fein’s Johnny Mythen – a councillor in Enniscorthy – is at just under 10% and Fianna Fail’s Malcolm Byrne is at 8.4%.

15:45. Fianna Fáil’s Mary Butler is tipped to top the poll in Waterford.

15:43. Despite polling 63 votes in the final tally here in Clare, Independent André Sibo Hakizimana remarks “I’m still hopeful”. God loves an optimist!!

15:41. Michael Lowry is expected to take the first seat in Tipperary according to the full tally. The tally predicts Lowry will reach the quota with over 13,000 votes – or 18% of the vote. Fellow independents Mattie McGrath and Seamus Healy are next with 15 and 10 % of tallied vote. Labour minister Alan Kelly is predicted to have over 7,400 first preference votes (10%), level with Fianna Fail’s Jackie Cahill.

15:40. Final tallies for Sligo-Leitrim show FF on 32.3 %, FG 27.6%, SF 17.7 %, Labour 3% and Independents and others on 19.4% Based on the tallies Fianna Fail’s Marc MacSharry has topped the poll with 14% of the vote and looks likely to take a seat. Gerry Reynolds of Fine Gael is next on 11% with FG’s Tony McLoughlin and Sinn Fein’s Martin Kenny both on 10%. Either Reynolds or McLoughlin could take a seat for FG.

15:39. Fine Gael’s Denis Naughten is tipped to be first home in Roscommon/Galway.

15:36. Barry Cowen is expected to top the poll in Offaly.

15:35. For those interested, it’s half-time in the Fitzgibbon Cup Final. MIC Limerick 0-09 UL 1-06.

15:34. Meath East is reflecting the national trend while Fine Gael are doing well in Meath West.

15:32. Taoiseach Enda Kenny is set to top the poll in Mayo.

15:31. Here’s how it looks in Louth. Turnout 60% Gerry Adams (SF) 15.7% Declan Breathnach (FF) 13.7% Imelda Munster (SF) 13% Fergus O’Dowd (FG) 10.1% Peter Fitzpatrick (FG) 9.4% Ged Nash (Labour) 7.3% Kevin Callan (Independent Alliance) 5.2% Michael O’Dowd (Renua) 3.2%.

15:29. Longford-Westmeath as things stand Fianna Fail’s Robert Troy is leading the poll with over 11,000 first preference votes, He’s followed by Kevin Boxer Moran. The Athlone councillor has over 7,200 first preferences votes. Willie Penrose in trouble.

15:29. Back to familiar territory. Limerick County outgoing TD, Niall Collins (FF) to be elected on the fist count at approximately 5pm. Fine Gael’s outgoing Patrick O’Donovan and new candidate, Councillor Tom Neville, seem destined to win the second and third seats. To succeed, the challenge from Independent Councillor Emmet O’Brien would need about half of all transfers to go his way to overtake either of the Fine Gael men.

15:27. In the Midlands, this is how the final tally in Laois looks. Quota 9,000 Seán Fleming (FF) 13,000 – 4,000 surplus. Charlie Flanagan (FG) 7,686 – 1,314 short of a quota. Brian Stanley (SF) – 7,251 – 1,749 short of a quota. Thomasina Connell (FG) – 3,965 – 5,035 short. John Whelan (Lab) – 2,462. Sinéad Moore (Gre) – 1,432.

15:26. Labour’s Emmet Stagg is set to be a big casualty in Kildare North.

In Kildare South Fianna Fáil’s Fiona O’Loughlin has said she expects Fine Gael’s Martin Heydon to top the poll, but does believe she’ll earning the second seat, with her running mate Seán Ó Fearghaíl joining her.

15:23. The Healy-Rae’s are the standout story in Kerry, the surplus of their votes will be a deciding factor.

15:22. Reminder of final tallies HERE IN CLARE. Dooley (FF) 10059; Harty (Ind) 8454; Breen (FG) 6576; Carey (FG) 5123; McDonagh (FF) 4750; McNamara (Lab) 4394; Moran (SF) 4095; Colleran Molloy (FF) 2729; Howard (FG) 2058; Smith (GP) 1666; Lynch (Ind) 1465; O’Brien (FN) 1113; Cahill (Ind) 733; Hakizimana (Ind) 63; Mulqueen (Ind) 63.

15:19. Closer to home again, to Galway East, where two counts have taken place. Seán Canney of the Independent Alliance is on top with 8713 votes.

Galway West frontrunners are O Cuiv (FF), Grealish (Ind), Kyne (FG), O Clochartaigh (SF) and C Connolly (Ind).

15:14. Dún Laoghaire is bucking national trend with two of the three seats set to go to Fine Gael candidates and Richard Boyd Barret taking the third.

15:06. Over to the Capital. Beginning with Dublin Bay North. With 100% of the boxes now opened and tallied, Fine Gael’s Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton is topping the poll on 13.25%. Fianna Fail’s Sean Haughey looks set for a return to the Dail with a tally of 10.85% and Independent TD Finian McGrath looks set to hold on to his seat on 7.87%. Sitting Renua TD Terence Flanagan, formerly of Fine Gael, looks to be out of the running on 4.33%. The last two seats will be hard fought for by a number of candidates. Labour Junior Minister Aodhan O’Riordan has 7.69%, closely followed by sitting Independent TD Tommy Broughan on 7.23%.

Lucinda Creighton is in danger of losing her seat in Dublin Bay South. Eoghan Murphy (FG) looks set to top the poll.

To Dublin Central where the first count is due shortly and Mary Lou McDonnell (SF) is expected to be first home. Observers feel Paschal Donohue will take a seat and will benefit from transfers from Mary Fitzpatrick. It’s felt Christy Burke will get transfers from Labour and from other independent candidates and it could be between Burke and Gary Gannon of the Social Democrats for the third seat. Mr Gannon is also expected to benefit from transfers.

First count due shortly in Dublin Fingal and Darragh O’Brien is expected to be named at the top. Minister James Reilly is in trouble to retain his seat.

Dublin North West sitting TDs Roisin Shortall (SD) and Dessie Ellis (SF) look certain to be re-elected, and Shortall is likely to top the poll. The third TD in the constituency, Labour’s John Lyons will lose his seat and the battle to take that third position is between Fianna Fail’s Paul McAuliffe and Fine Gael’s Noel Rock.

First count has taken place in Dublin Rathdown, Shane Ross has fallen just short of the quota on the first count for Dublin Rathdown, missing it by just 73 votes. No candidates have been elected. Renua Ireland candidate Alan Daveron is now being excluded, and the next count will deal with the redistribution of his votes.

Sinn Féin to top Dublin South Central with Aengus O Snodaigh sure to be elected along with Joan Collins and Catherine Byrne. The fourth and final seat is between Bríd Smith (AAA-PBP) and Catherine Ardagh (FF).

It’s looking good for Paul Murphy (AAA) in Dublin South West.

In Dublin West Joan Burton is on 15.4% of the vote, and still in contention for a seat. Leo Varadkar is 19.5% and his running mate Catherine Noone is 2.56 % giving FG 22% of the vote. Jack Chambers of FF is on 16.4% with Ruth Coppinger of AAA on 15.4%.

14:59. Up north to Donegal Charlie McConalogue FF 17, Pat the Cope Gallagher 14, Pearse Doherty SF 14, Joe McHugh FG 12, Padraig Mac Lochlainn SF, Thomas Pringle Ind 8.

14:56. Senator Tony Mulcahy feels Fine Gael’s campaign slogan may come back to cost them. He says “Countrywide is a bit of an armageddon”. Meanwhile Fianna Fáil Cllr Tony O’Brien was more upbeat “Today is a good day”. Both were speaking on Clare FM.

14:45. Moving to Cork, starting in Cork East, four seats are available FF Kevin O’Keeffe 15.5%, FG David Stanton 14.3%, Lab Sean Sherlock 13.7%, SF Pat Buckley 9.9%, FG Noel McCarthy 8.5%.

Over to Cork North Central the main figures are: Billy Kelleher (FF) 27.8%, Mick Barry (AAA-PBP) 15.8%, Jonathan O’Brien (SF) 12.1%, Dara Murphy (FG) 10%, Julie O’Leary (FG) 7.5%, Thomas Gould (SF) 7.4%, Kathleen Lynch (Lab) 7.3%.

Final tally from Cork North-West shows first-time candidate Aindrias Moynihan of Fianna Fáil is on course to take a seat at expense of Fine Gael’s Aine Collins. Tallies show Aindrias Moynihan has over 9,000 first preferences and 19.1% of vote. He’s followed closely by Fine Gael’s Michael Creed on a similar number, and then Michael Moynihan on over 7,200 first preferences and Aine Collins with 6,300 first preferences. Total electorate is 47,300 and quota is 11,837.

In Cork South Central, a very strong constituency Michael McGrath is on 21.2%, Mícheál Martin 20.3%, Simon Coveney 14.35%, Jerry Buttimer 11.55% Donnacha O Laoire SF 12.55% and Ciarán Lynch Labour 4.35%.  C103 Cork reports on the final tallies in Cork South-West – Fianna Fáil’s Margaret Murphy-O’Mahony is on 19%; Fine Gael’s Jim Daly is on 18%; Independent candidate Michael Collins is on 16%; and Fine Gael’s Noel Harrington is on 15%.

14:38. We’ll divert from The Falls for a few moments and give you an update from across the land. In Carlow/Kilkenny it’s looking like three seats for Fianna Fáil and one each for Fine Gael and Sinn Féin. In Cavan/Monaghan Heather Humphreys and Caoimhghín Ó’Caoláin looks almost certainties to claim seats and Fianna Fail’s Brendan Smith will also be confident in chances but after that it’s going to be anybody’s game with Joe O’Reilly hoping that transfers from Humphreys can turn things in his favour.

14:27. Former Cllr Patricia McCarthy has said Michael Harty had a powerful machine behind him in this Election. Speaking on Clare FM, McCarthy she commented on the national media coverage received by Harty and the support he got of GP’s canvassing for him. Patricia compared the role of GP’s with the church in years gone implying GP’s now have the audience that the Church has lost.

14:25. David Grogan has tweeted us disagreeing with Niamh O’Brien’s criticism of the big parties damaging the independent voice in Clare. David said “that’s not entirely true. Dr Harty is doing well in this election as did Indep Breen before him”. Ronan Summerly is of a similar view “Maybe the people of Clare made their choice and she should accept that… At least 1 Independent has done very well”.

14:23. Keep in touch with us on social media. Claire Curran has told us “Looks like we have voted back in the old boys. What have they done for Clare in the last 5 years except collect fat salaries and go to funerals”. Join the conversation on Twitter, tweet @theclareherald and @thepmanoffical or on Facebook ‘The Clare Herald’.

14:20. Niamh O’Brien (Fís Nua) says Clare’s independent vote has been damaged by the huge resources of bigger parties.

14:14. Down the road in Limerick it looks like Willie O’Dea will top the poll. Fine Gael duo Michael Noonan and Kieran O’Donnell in second and third with Maurice Quinlivan of Sinn Féin in fourth. According to the tallies!

14:02. This is how the parties have tallied in Clare. Fianna Fáil 31.11% Fine Gael 25.98% Labour 7.8% Sinn Féin 7.18% Independents 23% Fís Nua 1.98% Green 2.95%.

13:51. Sorting of ballots has recommenced.

13:36. Wonder what the local party representatives are thinking of the initial tallies? Wonder no more, Fianna Fáil Director of Elections in Clare, Gerry Reidy says “we’ve a hell of a chance” of securing a second seat. Labour’s Dermot Hayes expects Michael McNamara to win the final seat and states that the party has never had as many people out canvassing in Clare. “By accident or design the Fine Gael front two are better balanced” according to Fine Gael’s Martin Lynch.

13:30. Keep your views coming to us across social media, we’re on Twitter @theclareherald or yours truly @thepmanoffical, on Facebook we’re The Clare Herald. Here are some of the comments so far; Joan Guilfoyle is very happy at the progress of Michael Harty “Well done.. delighted”, John McAuley wrote “pension secured”, Agnes O’Shaughnessy refuses to rule out Labour or Sinn Féin for the final seat “I wouldn’t discount SF and Labour from that 4th seat battle just yet”. Don’t be shy, join the conversation!!

The Editors pose! Mark Dunphy (The Clare Herald) & Austin Hobbs (The Clare Champion). Picture by Eugene McCafferty.
The Editors pose! Mark Dunphy (The Clare Herald) & Austin Hobbs (The Clare Champion). Picture by Eugene McCafferty.

13:24. The Clare Herald Editor Mark Dunphy believes it will be “an absolute bloodbath” for the final seat. He says it’s a given that Timmy Dooley & Michael Harty will be elected.

13:19. Final tallies.Dooley (FF) 10059; Harty (Ind) 8454; Breen (FG) 6576; Carey (FG) 5123; McDonagh (FF) 4750; McNamara (Lab) 4394; Moran (SF) 4095; Colleran Molloy (FF) 2729; Howard (FG) 2058; Smith (GP) 1666; Lynch (Ind) 1465; O’Brien (FN) 1113; Cahill (Ind) 733; Hakizimana (Ind) 63; Mulqueen (Ind) 63.

13:11. Only two boxes left to go. It must remind the Council staff of sending all the Christmas cards, the torture, they’re playing a blinder though! Now that I think of it I didn’t get a Christmas card from anyone in Clare County Council..

13:07. Want to know how it’s looking for the parties in Clare? We’ll tell you anyway Fianna Fáil (15646), Fine Gael (12979), Independents (11040), Labour (3717), Sinn Féin (3410), Greens (1469) are the latest Clare tallies.

13:01. 134 boxes done! Timmy Dooley (9011), Michael Harty (7136), Pat Breen (5942), Joe Carey (5323), Michael McDonagh (4402), Michael McNamara (3797), Noeleen Moran (3526), Clare Colleran-Molloy (2438), Ann Norton just under 2000, Mary Howard (1810), Fergal Smith (1500), Ian Lynch (1400), Niamh O’Brien over 1000, Richard Cahill (660), André Sibo Hakizimana (58), Dermot Mulqueen (48).

12:53. Transfers going to be vital. Tallies a reliable but not definite indicator. If Dooley tops the poll will his surplus boost Malty or Clare Colleran-Molloy, will Mary Howard’s transfers go to her party colleagues and will they be enough to get Joe Carey over the line? So many questions, we’re looking at the back of the book but the answers aren’t there!!

12:50. 20 boxes left, we’re getting there!! Here’s how it looks. Timmy Dooley (8254), Michael Harty (6796), Pat Breen (5688), Joe Carey (5123), Michael McDonagh (4236), Michael McNamara (3406), Noeleen Moran (3333), Clare Colleran-Molloy (2303), Ann Norton (1692), Mary Howard (1670), Fergal Smith (1410),  Niamh O’Brien (938), Ian Lynch (1071), Richard Cahill (640), André Sibo Hakizimana (52), Dermot Mulqueen (41).

12:45. 132 of the boxes open in Clare: Dooley 8,794, Harty 7,015, Breen 5,818, Carey 5,212, McDonagh 4,367, McNamara 3,759.

12:40. Now 123 boxes tallied. How’s it looking says you! Here’s how. Timmy Dooley (7876), Michael Harty (6592), Pat Breen (5393), Joe Carey (4914), Michael McDonagh (4124), Michael McNamara (3306), Noeleen Moran (3233), Clare Colleran-Molloy (2231), Ann Norton (1677), Mary Howard (1643), Fergal Smith (1370), Ian Lynch (985),  Niamh O’Brien (885), Richard Cahill (634), André Sibo Hakizimana (52), Dermot Mulqueen (39).

12:35. Joe Carey pulling away from Michael McDonagh, Malty polled very strong in West Clare but Carey doing better in other areas of the County.

12:34. Boxes not yet opened include; Barefield, Clooney, Ennis Community College, Scoil Chríost Rí (Ennis), Bridgetown, Dromindora, Tuamgraney and Scariff. Two left in Newmarket-on-Fergus, one from the Holy Family in Ennis, one in Tulla and Clonlara, two in St Conaires (Shannon).

12:31. Turnout in Clare is down 7% from the 2011 General Election. Likely quote will be approx 11,300.

12:27. Now 117 boxes opened. Timmy Dooley (7453), Michael Harty (6529), Pat Breen (5044), Joe Carey (4642), Michael McDonagh (3855), Michael McNamara (3150), Noeleen Moran (3023), Clare Colleran-Molloy (2089), Ann Norton (1598), Mary Howard (1515), Fergal Smith (1300),  Niamh O’Brien (846), Ian Lynch (765), Richard Cahill (), André Sibo Hakizimana (49), Dermot Mulqueen (38).

12:23. Not many boxes from West Clare left, 41/53 opened, in Ennis 23/36 opened, 22/32 in Killaloe and 15/27 in Shannon.

12:18. More than 60% of the boxes tallied.  Timmy Dooley (6784), Michael Harty (5652), Pat Breen (4770), Joe Carey (3971), Michael McDonagh (3680), Michael McNamara (2910), Noeleen Moran (2681), Clare Colleran-Molloy (1896), Ann Norton (1423), Mary Howard (1382), Fergal Smith (1220),  Niamh O’Brien (784), Ian Lynch (747), Richard Cahill (565), André Sibo Hakizimana (48), Dermot Mulqueen (36).

12:09. Here’s how it looks for the parties in Clare with 102/150 boxes opened; Fianna Fáil (32%), Fine Gael (26%), Independents (22%), Labour (8%), Sinn Féin (7%), Fís Nua (2%).

12:01. Joe Carey and Michael McDonagh trading places all the time in the battle for the final seat. Michael McNamara, Noeleen Moran not far behind either. Down the ladder, Ian Lynch and Niamh O’Brien are swapping positions regularly.

11:58. Barefield, Clooney, Newmarket-on-Fergus and Parteen boxes not yet opened. More from Ennis, Clonlara, Killaloe and Shannon to come.

11:52. 92 of 153 boxes tallied. Here’s how it looks. Timmy Dooley (5678), Michael Harty (4881), Pat Breen (3967),  Michael McDonagh (3439), Joe Carey (3359), Michael McNamara (2373), Noeleen Moran (2257), Clare Colleran-Molloy (1686), Ann Norton (1205), Mary Howard (1144), Fergal Smith (1032), Ian Lynch (656), Niamh O’Brien (651), Richard Cahill (465), André Sibo Hakizimana (45), Dermot Mulqueen (31).

11:49. Michael McDonagh has just overtaken Joe Carey in fourth spot. Very little between the pair, this looks like it will be the biggest battle of the GE16 in Clare.

11:44. Timmy Dooley (4922), Michael Harty (4242), Pat Breen (3506), Joe Carey (2930), Michael McDonagh (2849), Michael McNamara (2029), Noeleen Moran (1903), Clare Colleran-Molloy (1525), Ann Norton (1029), Mary Howard (949), Fergal Smith (857),  Niamh O’Brien (565), Ian Lynch (466), Richard Cahill (422), André Sibo Hakizimana (35), Dermot Mulqueen (28).

11:40. Of the 79 boxes opened the breakdown is West Clare (32), Ennis (19), Killaloe (16), Shannon (11).

11:33. A lot of the boxes from East Clare yet to be opened. Expected that Michael McNamara and Timmy Dooley will get the biggest gains there, Niamh O’Brien could also get a share of the spoils in the East but not as much as the outgoing TD’s.

11:29. What do you make of the early tallies? Tweet us @theclareherald or @thepmanofficial.

11:24. Here’s how it’s looking between the contenders with seventy boxes opened. Timmy Dooley (4358), Michael Harty (3815), Pat Breen (3102), Joe Carey (2637), Michael McDonagh (2519), Michael McNamara (1815), Noeleen Moran (1706), Clare Colleran-Molloy (1243), Ann Norton (918).

11:15. This is the tally from one of the Liscannor boxes; Timmy Dooley (142), Michael Harty (104), Michael McDonagh (34), Fergal Smith (30), Joe Carey (25), Michael McNamara (23), Noeleen Moran (23), Ann Norton (9), Mary Howard (9), Ian Lynch (3), Niamh O’Brien (3), Richard Cahill (1).

11:10. Over half of the boxes from West Clare have been tallied so far. Only one third from Shannon, a lot more twists and turns to come.

11:07. 67 boxes open. T Dooley (4033), Ml Harty (3586), P Breen (2855), J Carey (2516), Ml McDonagh (2433), Ml McNamara (1702), N Moran (1638).

11:00. 62 boxes now tallied. Here’s how it looks. Timmy Dooley (3781), Michael Harty (3289), Pat Breen (2703), Joe Carey (2317), Michael McDonagh (1947), Michael McNamara (1564), Noeleen Moran (1427), Clare Colleran-Molloy (1138), Ann Norton (771), Mary Howard (688), Fergal Smith (590),  Niamh O’Brien (440), Ian Lynch (422), Richard Cahill (333), André Sibo Hakizimana (25), Dermot Mulqueen (19).

10:56. They say Michael ‘Malty’ McDonagh is popular in Miltown Malbay, it appears so. He has picked an estimated 94% of the vote there.

10:54. First count not expected till 5pm.

10:52. Independent candidate Dermot Mulqueen is quoting Gandhi “Even if you are in a minority of one, the Truth is still the Truth”.

10:44. Almost fifty boxes opened.

10:36. Early signs showing that Dr Michael Harty is very strong in West Clare on first preferences.

10:34. A breakdown of the areas tallied so far; West Clare (16), Killaloe (9), Shannon (8), Ennis (7).

10:26. Now forty one boxes opened. Timmy Dooley (2603), Michael Harty (2276), Pat Breen (1851), Joe Carey (1439), Michael McDonagh (1202), Michael McNamara (1019), Noeleen Moran (931), Clare Colleran-Molloy (750), Ann Norton (416), Mary Howard (356), Fergal Smith (340), Ian Lynch (326), Niamh O’Brien (310), Richard Cahill (235), André Sibo Hakizimana (14), Dermot Mulqueen (9).

10:18. Results from RTÉ Exit Poll; Fine Gael (24.8%), Fianna Fáil (21.1%), Sinn Féin (16%), Independents and Others (16.6%) Labour (7.1%), Anti Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit (4.7%), Social Democrats (3.7%), Green Party (3.6%), Renua (2.4%).

10:08. Turnout in Clare was 68 percent.

270216 Count Official Gerry Lee, Ennis, opens boxes at The Falls Hotel Ennistymon Co Clare Count Centre on Saturday morning.Pic Arthur Ellis/Press22.
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Count Official Gerry Lee, Ennis, opens boxes at The Falls Hotel Ennistymon Co Clare Count Centre on Saturday morning.Pic Arthur Ellis/Press22.

10:06. Over twenty percent of the boxes now opened and tallied.

10:04. Wondering what areas have been tallied?? Thirteen from West Clare, six from both Killaloe and Shannon with three from Ennis.

10:00. Now twenty eight boxes done. Timmy Dooley on top followed by Michael Harty and Pat Breen. As it stands Joe Carey and Michael McDonagh will battle it out for the final seat.

09:46. Twenty boxes opened and here’s how it looks; Timmy Dooley (1018), Michael Harty (996), Pat Breen (912), Joe Carey (499), Michael McDonagh (486), Noeleen Moran (453), Michael McNamara (401).

09:44. Early days but looking good for Timmy Dooley, Michael Harty and Pat Breen. Joe Carey, Michael McDonagh, Michael McNamara and Noeleen Moran in contention also.

09:38. With fourteen boxes tallied it’s Michael Harty, Timmy Dooley and Pat Breen that are leading the race at the moment.

09:32. Welcome to our live-blog. The tallies are in full flow with seven boxes now opened. Michael Harty has got off to a good start so far but there’s a long way to go yet. Stay right here all day to ensure you don’t miss a minute of the action!

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