Meanwhile, At The Counts


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Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan celebrates in the RDS after he’s elected in Dublin Bay South

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Fine Gael’s Kate O’Connell is lifted up by her husband Morgan after winning a seat in Dublin Bay South

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Dublin Bay North candidates, Fine Gael’s Richard Bruton and Independent Averil Power, chat as counting continues in the RDS

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Fine Gael’s Noel Rock celebrates with his girlfriend Dawn Wheatley after he wins a seat following the 9th count in Dublin North-West

Candidates in Dublin’s RDS this morning.

As of 3.15pm, 14 counts remain and 120 of 158 seats have been filled.

The seats are FG: 36; Labour: 6; Fianna Fáil: 34; Sinn Féin: 15; AAA/PBP: 5; Renua: 0; Social Democrats: 3; Green Party: 2; Independent Alliance: 4; Independents: 13; Others: 0.

Meanwhile, in Cork North Central…

Mick Barry TD for #corknc #ge16

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Jonathan O'Brien of SF returned to #corknc. The lads are happy. #ge16

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AAA/PBP’s Mick Barry (top) and Sinn Féin’s Jonathan O’Brien celebrate after taking the second and third seats behind Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher.

One more seat remains.

In Cork South Central…

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Fine Gael’s Simon Coveney and Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, of Sinn Féin, speak to RTÉ One after they took the fourth and third seats respectively.

Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath and Micheál Martin took the first two seats yesterday.

Fine Gael’s Jerry Buttimer has lost his seat.

In Tipperary…

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Labour’s Alan Kelly takes the fifth seat in Tipperary – without reaching the quota.

And in Dublin Fingal…

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Fine Gael’s James Reilly speaks to RTE after losing his seat.

And in Mayo..

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Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary and Lisa Chambers celebrate after taking the final two seats in Mayo, following the 10th count.

Fine Gael’s Michelle Mulherin has lost her seat.

Pics: Rolling News, Mike and Emmet Kennedy

56 thoughts on “Meanwhile, At The Counts

      1. missred

        Mary Hanafin doesn’t even live in the Dun Laoghaire constituency – the address on the ballot was her election agent’s. I really thought my folks at home weren’t FF heads… she tipped the poll

  1. Pablo Pistachio

    Some interesting celebrations today. Which got me thinking. Should TDs be drug tested regularly?

    1. Fergus the magic postman

      It’s akin to a footballer unintentionally scoring a goal after a loose ball bounced off his face while he wasn’t looking, & then celebrating like it was all down to his talent & hard work.

      I remember saying when Labour were seeking a replacement for Eamon Gilmore, that if they appointed Burton it would demonstrate that they were more out of touch than ever imagined. If Joan is replaced by Alan Kelly, it will show that they are continuing to drift in their own alternate universe.

  2. Baz

    Is there any legitimate reason you’ve held up on publishing my 2 posts on the ‘scaldy’ thread…

    The right to reply shouldn’t be censored

    1. Lilly

      @Baz – Just as well I’m not a moderator here, I’d be constantly resisting the urge to reply: ‘Get a Life’.

    1. Owen O'F

      She’ll be delighted. Bate Lucinda, now on the TD gravy train, and 25 million in the bank. Nice going. Hardly representative of the common folk, mind

        1. Owen O'F

          No, of course not. All I’m saying is that when your family has that kind of money behind it, your interests tend to diverge from that of the average. It’s just an unavoidable consequence of wealth.

          I do have a soft spot for her after researching a bit more – she seems to have a brain in her head. Hher takedown of the anti-fluoridation loons at council level was very satisfying, for example.

          1. Neilo

            I have a soft – but not always – spot for Kate O’Connell which has little to do with her wealth or politics, if you know what I mean and I think everyone does.

          2. classter

            ‘your interests tend to diverge from that of the average. ‘
            But that is the same as anybody who is not exactly the same as the average – and not just in terms of income.

            I’m not sure there is proof that it is true. A number of champagne socialists have done much more for the ‘ordinary man’ than any number of FF populists from ‘modest’ backgrounds.

  3. some old queen

    Why is it necessary to keep referring to successful candidate’s partners in these photographs?

    1. Sam

      A tradition from the old days – just so you’d know who the taxpayers will be paying to be the TD’s secretary (after a long and open recruitment policy of deciding whether the wife or the oldest child qualifies for the post).

    2. classter

      ‘Cause it is a fairly normal thing in Ireland (and elsewhere) to be nosy about the partners of those who surround us – public figures being no exception.

      What do they look like? What do they do? Who rules the roost? etc.

      Yup, this depends on a pretty traditional view of how relationships are constituted. A big part of the success of the SSM referendum was that it didn’t challenge middle Ireland’s view of relationships but rather expanded it slightly.

      1. Neilo

        @Classter: your last line there is bang on the money, but much better articulated than I could ever manage.

    1. Frilly Keane

      I think we should

      The coverage of the last ten days in the National Broadcaster and the largest ( commercially controlled by person(s)connected to current Government) newspaper group needs to be investigated

      I think the electorate were deliberately influenced by media
      Miriam O’Callaghan, on the 1st day of the count, of a General Election, was a disgrace

      I am ashamed
      n’all I did was pay the telly licence

      1. Same old same old

        The rubbish being spun out on Dinnytalk was something else altogether. The sheer insolence of the presenters for example when conversing with anyone not from an establishment party was unreal. “Broadcasting regulators were asleep at the wheel “- that’s what they’ll be saying at some Moriarty inquiry in the future

  4. 15 cents

    so that’s what Kelly looks like off his face on power. I thought power would be more of a cocaine kinda drug, but it seems it’s more a pcp sort of gig.

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