Cheers and tears: the ins and outs of election count


DAVID Cullinane of Sinn Fein topped the poll in Waterford with 20,569 first preference votes.

Mary Butler (FF) got 11,233 first preference votes. Ms Butler (pictured celebrating, photo: John Power) was elected on the seventh count.

Cardiac-care campaigner Matt Shanahan was also elected on the seventh count with 10,708 first preferences.

Marc Ó Cathasaigh (Green) had 9,738 first preferences and was also elected on the sevenh count.

Mr Ó Cathasaigh, a teacher from Tramore, began the count several hundred votes behind Fine Gael’s John Cummins and Damien Geoghegan, but a surge of transfers from People Before Profit’s Una Dunphy helped him over the line.

The seventh and last count saw Mr Ó Cathasaigh see off a late challenge from Mr Cummins, who picked up 2,597 transfers from Mr Geoghegan’s 5,549 votes.


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