Results: Local Elections 2019 – Clare

Results: Local Elections 2019 – Clare

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The make-up of Clare County Council for the next five yeas has been confirmed following a two-day count at Treacy’s West County Hotel in Ennis.

51 candidates battled for 28 seats the across the 5 electoral areas of Ennis, Ennistymon, Kilrush, Killaloe and Shannon.

The counting of votes and election of candidates for the Ennistymon Electoral Area concluded on Saturday evening with first-time candidate Shane Talty topping the poll.

The count for the Shannon Electoral Area wasn’t without controversy however with a full recount of votes being requested.

Counting had concluded and the winning candidates announced when Fine Gael requested a full recount of votes. Only four votes separated Fine Gael’s Garreth McPhillips and Independent Gerry Flynn resulting in Flynn’s election on the 6th count along with Fianna Fáil’s Pat McMahon and Mike McKee of Sinn Féin. McPhillips and his team requested a full recount of votes.

CEO Pat Dowling later confirmed that a recheck of the ballots showed “an equality of votes” but that the candidate with the most first preference votes would be the winner.

Mr McPhillips and Mr Flynn had shaken hands and appeared to have resolved the matter when it was pointed out that it was a full recount that had been requested and not a recheck.

Pat Dowling returned to the stage and confirmed that having consulted with both parties, a full recount would be undertaken.

Following the recount, it was found that both candidates had finished level but the Mr Flynn was elected on the basis that he had more first preference votes. As a result, the original declaration remained unchanged.

Below is how the counts finished confirming the newly elected members of Clare County Council; their first preference votes and the count on which they were elected or eliminated.

Ennistymon

Electorate: 13,920

Total Poll: 8,710

Spoiled Votes: 112

Total Valid Poll: 8598

Quota: 1720

Seats: 4

First Preference Votes

Joe Garrihy (Fine Gael) 1328 – 23% – ELECTED 4th Count w/o quota

Róisín Garvey (Green Party) 1302 – 15.1% – ELECTED 4th Count w/o quota

Joe Killeen (Fianna Fáil)  1196 –  13.9% – ELECTED 4th Count

Noeleen Moran (Sinn Féin) 575 – 6.7% – ELIMINATED 1st Count

Martin O’Loghlen (Fianna Fáil) 917 – 10.7% – ELIMINATED 3rd Count

Bill Slattery (Fine Gael) 1303 – 15.2%

Shane Talty (Fianna Fáil) 1977 – 23% – ELECTED – 1st Count

Killaloe

Electorate: 16,040

Total Poll: 10,224

Spoiled Votes: 103

Total Valid Poll: 10,121

Quota: 1687

Seats: 5

First Preference Votes

Pat Burke (Fine Gael) 1036 – 10.2% – ELECTED – 6th Count w/o quota

Joe Cooney (Fine Gael) 2697 – 26.6% – ELECTED – 1st Count

Beckha Doyle (Social Democrats) 198 – 2% – ELIMINATED – 2nd Count

Joe Floyd (Independent) 531 – 5.2% – ELIMINATED – 3rd Count

Pat Hayes (Fianna Fáil) 1386 – 13.7% – ELECTED – 4th Count

Seán Naughton (Sinn Féin) 189 – 1.9% – ELIMINATED – 2nd Count

Tony O’Brien (Fianna Fáil) 1227 – 12.1% – ELECTED – 6th Count w/o quota

Alan O’Callaghan (Fianna Fáil) 1117 – 11% – ELECTED – 6th Count w/o quota

Barry O’Donovan (Green Party) 708 – 7% – ELIMINATED – 5th Count

Ger O’Halloran (Fine Gael) 1032 – 10.2% – ELIMINATED – 6th Count

Ennis

Electorate: 22,744

Total Poll: 11,599

Spoiled Votes: 163

Total Valid Poll: 11,436

Quota: 1,430

Seats: 7

First Preference Votes

Clare Colleran Molloy (Fianna Fáil) – 1184 – ELECTED – 8th Count

Frank ‘Pinky’ Cullinan (Independent) – 562 – ELIMINATED – 5th Count

Pat Daly (Fianna Fáil) – 1064 – ELECTED – 10th Count w/o quote

Alfonso D’Auria (Independent) – 715 – ELIMINATED – 7th Count

Johnny Flynn (Fine Gael) – 1240 – ELECTED – 8th Count

Andre Hakizimana (Independent) – 35 – ELIMINATED – 1st Count

Dermot Hayes (Independent) – 793 – ELIMINATED

*Mary Howard (Fine Gael) – 1311 – ELECTED – 6th Count

Chris Kirwan (Social Democrats) – 172 – ELIMINATED – 2nd Count

Amanda Major (Independent) – 200 – ELIMINATED – 3rd Count

Donna Deirdre McGettigan (Sinn Féin) – 277 – ELIMINATED – 3rd Count

Paul Murphy (Fine Gael) – 1252 – ELECTED – 10th Count

Mark Nestor (Fianna Fáil) – 1211 – ELECTED – 8th Count

Ann Norton (Independent) – 925 – ELECTED – 10th Count w/o quota

Seamus Ryan (Labour Party) – 495 – ELIMINATED – 4th Count

Kilrush

Electorate: 18104

Total Poll: 9336

Spoiled Votes: 160

Total Valid Poll: 9176

Quota: 1530

Seats: 5

First Preference Votes

Bill Chambers (Fianna Fáil) – 1431 – ELECTED – 2nd count

Gabriel Keating (Fine Gael) – 1494 – ELECTED – 2nd count

P J Kelly (Fianna Fáil) – 2147 – ELECTED – 1st count

Ian Lynch (Independent) – 1026 – ELECTED – 6th count

Noreen Lynch (Independent) – 76 – Eliminated – 2nd count

Cillian Murphy (Fianna Fáil) – 1110 – ELECTED – 6th count

Mike Taylor (Fine Gael) – 473 – Eliminated – 5th count

Joseph Woulfe (Independent) – 1034 – Eliminated – 6th Count

Violet-Anne Wynne (Sinn Féin) – 385 – Eliminated – 5th count

Shannon

After Original Count

Electorate: 22467

Total Poll: 11384

Spoiled Votes: 143

Total Valid Poll: 11241

Quota: 1406

Seats: 7

First Preference Votes

Michael Begley (Independent) 1027 – ELECTED – 3rd Count

Cathal Crowe (Fianna Fáil) 2575 – ELECTED – 1st Count

John Crowe (Fine Gael) 1308 – ELECTED – 2nd Count

Gerry Flynn (Independent) 1041 – ELECTED – 6th Count

Eugene Long (Fine Gael) 619 – ELIMINATED – 5th Count

Mike McKee (Sinn Féin) 1042 – ELECTED – 6th Count

Pat McMahon (Fianna Fáil) 973 – ELECTED – 6th Count

Garret McPhillips (Fine Gael) 939 – ELIMINATED – 6th Count

P J Ryan (Independent) 1238 – ELECTED – 5th Count

Betty Walsh (Social Democrats) 479 – ELIMINATED – 2nd Count

Divorce Referendum 2019

The referendum on divorce was passed by large majority with 82.1% voting in favour and 17.9% voting against national.

The declaration was made at Dublin Castle in the early hours of this morning.

Result for Clare was announced on Saturday in Ennis.

Electorate: 88,273

Total Poll: 49,704

Spoiled Votes: 1406

Total Valid Poll: 48,298

YES Votes: 39,767 – 82.33%

NO Votes: 8,551 – 17.67%

 

 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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