Fine Gael’s Martin Conway is the County’s only elected representative to the twenty fifth Seanad.
Conway successfully retained his seat on the Administrative Panel of Seanad Éireann. The Ennistymon man was second place of the ‘outside’ candidates on this panel and proved to be very transfer friendly. Transfers from Eamonn Coughlan and Paudie Coffey were pivotal in getting the forty two year old over the line.
After a strong battle, Sixmilebridge Cllr, John Crowe was eliminated on the thirty first count of the Industrial and Commercial Panel and finished with 60.799 votes. President of Ógra Fianna Fáil and Ballyea native, Eoin Neylon had an earlier exit on the seventh count.
Mary Howard failed in her bid to secure a first-time election to the Seanad, running in the Cultural and Educational Panel. She finished with a total of 28,528 votes when removed on the eleventh count. In the space of two months, the Ennis woman has ran for the first time for both the Dáil and the Seanad. She is now looking forward to “getting back to reality” after a hectic few months on the campaign trail.
Fine Gael’s, Tony Mulcahy lost out in his re-election bid. Mulachy was seeking to retain his seat on the Labour panel but was eliminated on the sixth count. The Shannon man has ruled out a future bid for Clare County Council and Dáil Éireann but isn’t writing off another Seanad run.
There was further bad news for Fianna Fáil with Clare County Cllr, Pat Hayes suffering an early defeat on the Agricultural Panel. The former Mayor of Clare decided not to canvass in this campaign.