First round of Fingal candidates with FF and FG doing well, and Independents polling well

Aontú, SD and GP pulling votes – but all to play for!

by Rose Barrett
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As Sinn Féin’s Daithí O Doolan is the first party representative to be elected in Dublin, Mary Lou and party leaders will be assessing their abysmal connection with the electorate on Friday last.

Nationally and in the capital, SF are seeing their vote way down on the 2020 general election. It seemed then the party was on a straight route to become Ireland’s biggest political party in the future.

SF’s Natalie Treacy, popular Castleknock councillor, was moved to another electoral area and saw her vote deteriorate in an area she was not well known.

Too many candidates standing in tight constituencies, and the moving of popular Natalie Treacy, a serving councillor in Castleknock to another constituency where she was relatively unknown, will be part of SF’s postmortem as the counts continue.  Treacey was first elected in 2014 and she serves on so many committees and community groups within the Castleknock constituency.

While Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil battle it out as the party to scoop the highest vote (currently FG at 23.5pc and FF at 22pc+), Independents generally have polled well.

Not surprisingly Tony Murphy in Balbriggan (above) sailed in on the first count with over 2,148 votes.  Labour’s Brendan Ryan secured 1,595 votes with FG’s Tom O’Leary at 1, 441; Deputy Mayor for Fingal Grainne Maguire (Ind) took 1, 328  so these four look like taking four of the five seats.

But SF’s policy to run more than one candidate may or may not prove their undoing – will transfers secure a seat for Malachy Quinn or his running mate, Ann Marie Brady or could FF’s Sinead Lucey Brennan secure a seat???? All remains on the transfers and distribution of votes.

Blanchardstown Mulhuddert reads like a blank canvass after the first count with Labour’s Mary McCamley highest with 685 first preferences and FF’s JK Omweremah on 665. With three candidates contesting for SF, only time will tell is they’ve secured enough to secure one or two seats or scored an own goal….

Castleknock saw Ted Leddy for FG top the poll with 2,153 votes, and Labour’s John Walsh secure 1,937, Ellen Troy a first time candidate for Aontú achieve a very impressive 1,674 and is a strong contender for a seat. Other Aontú first time candidates including Mairead Toibín and Helen Duignan polled well also.  The final seats for Castleknock will be contested by Ruth Coppinger and a plethora of candidates from FF, FG, GP and SF.

Tania Doyle (below) romped home in Ongar with over 2,000 first preferences, elected on the first count. SF’s Angela Donnelly polled steadily with Aontú’s Ger Sheehan, Tom Kitt (FF) and FG’s Kieran Dennison and Ali Asad (FF) contesting for the final seats, it’s anyone’s game really at this stage.

Cllr Tania Doyle romped home with over 2,000 votes in Ongar LEA

Joan Hopkins for SD was top poller in the Howth Malahide area with 15.5pc of the vote with Dr. Aoibhinn Tormey (FG), both Cathal Haughey and Eoghan O’Brien (FF) polling well.

Rush Lusk has returned a shocker. Labour’s Robert O Donoghue polled an incredible 3, 185 votes and elected on the first count, with party running mate Corina Johnston securing 1,716 and looking safe to take another seat for Labour.

Brian Dennehy (FF) and Eoighan Docrkelle (FG) polled reasonably well and should secure a seat. But ougoing Mayor Adrian Henchy’s pulled less than a 1,000 first preference votes and Paul Mulville (SD) pulling 1,076. Depending on transfers, it would be a race between Dennehy, Mulville and Henchy for the fifth seat.

For Swords, a seven-seater constituency, Dean Mulligan (14C) with over 2,000 votes was elected on the first count with new candidate Luke Corkery (FG) also elected and Darragh Butler (FF) also selected. Independent Joe Newman is looking comfortable to take a seat with Ian Carey (GP) eliminated, two SF candidates Marian Buckley and Ann Graves still in contention as is James Humphreys  (Lab), and FF’s Brigid Manton – far too cost to tell but it’s four candidates now for the last three candidates seats.

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