LABOUR showed a slight recovery. The Green vote was up. Sinn Fein’s vote was down but the party held its seats. That was the story of the elections to Waterford City and County Council.
In City East, the appeal to ‘vote with your hearts’ paid dividends for cardiac campaigner Matt Shanahan (Ind) who passed the quota on the first count. Another independent, Davy Daniels, followed closely. Turnout across Waterford was just over 53%.
Counting began at 9am on Sunday morning and continued until shortly after midnight when the final seats were filled in quick succession by the elections of Fianna Fail’s Eamon Quinlan and Sinn Fein’s Jim Griffin, who ensured the party retained its six seats. Veteran Independent Blaise Hannigan, was knocked out in the final count.
The first councillors across the line were from the Lismore District – Labour’s John Pratt, followed by Fianna Fáil’s James Tobin. Mayor Declan Doocey took the third and final seat.
In Portlaw-Kilmacthomas Fine Gael’s Seánie Power and Liam Brazil were elected on the first count.
Fianna Fáil’s John O’Leary and Sinn Féin’s Declan Clune were re-elected. Labour’s Ger Barron regained the seat he lost during the wipe-out of his party in the last local elections.
Sinn Féin’s John Hearne was the only candidate to be elected on the first count in City South.
Labour’s Seamus Ryan regained the seat he lost five years ago.
Independent Donal Barry along with John Cummins (FG) and Jason Murphy (FF) were elected and the sixth seat went to Sinn Féin’s Breda Brennan.
In City East, Fianna Fail’s Eddie Mulligan and Adam Wyse were both re-elected. Sinn Fein’s Pat Fitzgerald, fought off Fine Gael’s Sharon Carey for the final seat in the City East district.
The Green Party topped the poll in Tramore and saw the election of Marc O Cathasaigh and Jody Power.
Independent Councillors Joe Conway and Joe Kelly regained their seats on the council along with Lola O’Sullivan (FG), sister of the Green European Election candidate, Senator Grace O’Sullivan’.
Damien Geoghegan (FG) sailed through in Dungarvan, followed by Tom Cronin of Fianna Fáil.
Winners alright …
THE new council, district-by-district, in order of election.
Damien Geoghegan (Fine Gael) Tom Cronin (Fianna Fáil) – Pat Nugent (Fine Gael)
Conor D McGuinness (SF)
Séamus O’Donnell (Ind)
Thomas Phelan (Labour)
John Pratt (Labour)
James Tobin (Fianna Fáil)
Declan Doocey (Fine Gael)
Seánie Power (Fine Gael)
Liam Brazil (Fine Gael)
John O’Leary (Fianna Fáil)
Ger Barron (Labour)
Declan Clune (Sinn Féin)
Marc Ó Cathasaigh (Green)
Joe Conway (Ind)
Lola O’Sullivan (Fine Gael)
Joe Kelly (Ind)
Eamon Quinlan (Fianna Fáil
Jim Griffin (Sinn Féin)
Matt Shanahan (Ind)
David Daniels (Ind)-
Eddie Mulligan (Fianna Fáil)
Adam Wyse (Fianna Fáil)
Jody Power (Green Party)
Pat Fitzgerald (Sinn Féin)
John Hearne (Sinn Féin
John Cummins (Fine Gael)
Donal Barry (Ind)
Jason Murphy (Fianna Fáil)
Seamus Ryan (Labour)
Breda Brennan (SF)