Two past the post and all still to fight for

Didn’t we do well: Kerry poll-topper Michael Healy-Rae and his son, Kevin, chats with former SInn Fein TD Martin Ferris, at the count centre in Killarney.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

THE third count at the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is just nearing completion but no other candidate will be elected at this stage.

The second count – the distribution of Michael Healy-Rae’s surplus – saw the bulk of the 3,873 votes going to his brother, Danny, who received 1,941 bringing his total to 10,604. But he is still well over 2,300 votes shy of the required quota of 12,945.

Interestingly, Fine Gael’s Brendan Griffin received 542 transfers from the poll-topper which was more than the three Fianna Fail candidates individually with Norma Foley receiving 415, John Brassil getting 234 and Norma Moriarty benefiting to the tune of 282.

Returning Officer, Padraig Burke, and his count staff are now distributing newly elected Sinn Fein TD Pa Daly’s surplus of 2,788.


Turnout: 66.9%
Quota: 12,945


John Bowler (Irish Freedom Party): 501

John Brassil (Fianna Fáil): 5,431

Ted Cronin (Independent): 391

Pa Daly (Sinn Féin): 15,733 Elected

Norma Foley (Fianna Fáil): 6,856

Sonny Foran (Aontú): 1,109

Brendan Griffin (Fine Gael): 10,296

Danny Healy Rae (Independent): 8,663

Michael Healy Rae (Independent): 16,818 Elected

Mike Kennelly (Fine Gael) 3,974

Norma Moriarty (Fianna Fáil): 3,767

Cleo Murphy (Green Party): 4,122

Sean O’Leary (Independent): 33


Distribution of M Healy-Rae’s surplus of 3,873

John Bowler (Irish Freedom Party): 501 (+28) 529

John Brassil (Fianna Fáil): 5,431 (+234) 5,665

Ted Cronin (Independent): 391 (+26) 417

Norma Foley (Fianna Fáil): (+415) 7,271

Sonny Foran (Aontú): 1,109 (+71) 1,180

Brendan Griffin (Fine Gael): 10,296 (+542) 10,838

Danny Healy Rae (Independent): 8,663 (+1,941) 10,604

Mike Kennelly (Fine Gael) 3,974 (+179) 4,153

Norma Moriarty (Fianna Fáil): 3,767 (+282) 4,049

Cleo Murphy (Green Party): 4,122 (+151) 4,273

Sean O’Leary (Independent): 33 (+4) 37


Distribution of P Daly’s surplus of 2,788


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