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Galway County Council - The Results

Fianna Fáil are the dominant party in Galway County Council after all four candidates in the Tuam area were successful, with the last remaining seats on the local authority being filled after 4am this morning.

Fine Gael’s Pete Roche topped the poll in Tuam and was followed home by Fianna Fáil’s Donagh Killilea.

His Fianna Fáil colleagues Mary Hoade and Colm Keaveney retained their seats while newcomer Joe Sheridan from Milltown polled well to be the third elected in the seven seat area.

Andrew Reddington of Fine Gael was elected for the first time with party colleague Tom McHugh losing his seat by ten votes as Independent Karey McHugh claimed the final seat on Galway County Council.

Donagh Killilea paid tribute to his family and supporters after he was re-elected to Galway County Council four months after the death of his father Mark, the former Fianna Fáil Minister and MEP.

He secured 1,521 first preferences before getting the transfers to join poll-topper Pete Roche of Fine Gael in the new council.

“I suppose my dad is looking down on me tonight and he must be delighted the way the family rowed in and worked to secure this seat,” he said.

A student named in honour of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds has been elected as the youngest member ever of Galway County Council.

Albert Dolan, a 20-year old accountancy student at NUI Galway, secured a seat in the Athenry-Oranmore area on the first count when he polled 1,720 votes.

He comes from a strong Fianna Fáil family in Monivea with his father Michael contesting the General Election in 2011 but was not elected, while his grandfather was also heavily involved in politics.

“I was in primary school when Fianna Fáil was last in power but when I went to NUIG I joined Ógra Fianna Fáil. It is a huge honour to get elected. I knocked on a lot of doors but I didn’t make any promises.”

His success, making it over the line at the first attempt just behind Independent poll-topper James Charity, has suggested a long career in politics may line ahead but he’s not looking that far ahead.

“I have five years now to prove myself so this can be the start and we will see where we go. If I can repay the faith the people of Athenry-Oranmore showed in me it will be good,” he said.

His father Michael, an accountant, said that the 20-year old did all the running himself to get elected.

“He knocked on the doors over the months and put the work in,” he said.

The young councillor’s mother Antoinette said he is a hard worker who is keen to serve.

“He’s very determined and wants to do his best for people and that’s what he has always been like,” she said.

Galway County Council
Fine Gael31%3.24%11
Fianna Fáil33%5.39%15
Sinn Féin5%-2.74%1
Social Democrats1%0.53%0
Green Party2%1.92%1
Athenry - Oranmore 7 Seats
Total Poll:12,717
Spoiled votes:202
Total Valid Poll:12,515
Elected Candidates
Charity , James (Ind)Count 1
Dolan , Albert (FF)Count 1
Cuddy , Jim (Ind)Count 4
Cronnelly , GabeI (ND)Count 9
Carroll , Liam (FG)Count 10
Collins , David (FG)Count 10
Herterich Quinn , Shelly (FF)Count 10
Count 1
Carroll , Liam (FG)885
Charity , James (Ind)1,792
Collins , David (FG)1,163
Cronnelly , GabeI (ND)1,226
Cuddy , Jim (Ind)1,457
Dolan , Albert (FF)1,720
Farrell , Josette (Ind)647
Hannon , Michael (FF)753
Herterich Quinn , Shelly (FF)745
Jennings , Helen (FG)734
Keavey , Kenneth (GP)497
McManus , Amanda (REN)183
O'Hara , Louis (SF)507
Spelman , Marian (Lab)206
Ballinasloe 6 Seats
Total Poll:13,462
Spoiled votes:211
Total Valid Poll:13,251
Elected Candidates
Broderick , Tim (Ind)Count 1
Connolly , Michael (FF)Count 1
Connolly , Dermot (SF)Count 7
Dolan , Aisling (Ind)Count 8
Geraghty , Declan (Ind)Count 8
Keaveney , Peter (FG)Count 8
Count 1
Broderick , Tim (Ind)2,362
Bruce , Harriett (Ind)311
Campbell , Ken (SD)407
Connolly , Dermot (SF)1,387
Connolly , Michael (FF)2,168
Dolan , Aisling (Ind)1,082
Donohoe , Aidan (FG)845
Finnerty , Michael (FG)697
Geraghty , Declan (Ind)1,541
Keaveney , Peter (FG)1,632
Kelly , Mike (FF)511
O'Brien , Kenneth (FF)308
Conamara North 4 Seats
Total Poll:7,415
Spoiled votes:142
Total Valid Poll:7,273
Elected Candidates
Welby , Thomas (Ind)Count 1
Mannion , Eileen (FG)Count 2
King , Gerry (FF)Count 3
Walsh , Seamus (FF)Count 5
Count 1
Breathnach , Críostóir (Ind)163
Conneely , Josie (Ind)625
Healy , Tom (SF)583
King , Gerry (FF)1,350
Mannion , Eileen (FG)1,400
Walsh , Seamus (FF)1012
Welby , Thomas (Ind)2,140
Conamara South 5 Seats
Total Poll:9,164
Spoiled votes:203
Total Valid Poll:8,961
Elected Candidates
Mac An Iomaire, Padraig (FG)Count 3
McKinstry , Alastair (GP)Count 4
Ó Cualáin , Dáithi (FF)Count 4
Ó Curraoin , Tomás (Ind)Count 4
Thomas , Noel (FF)Count 4
Count 1
Ó Curraoin , Tomás (Ind)971
Breathnach , Críostóir (Ind)113
Feeney , Patrick (Ind)32
Flaherty , Ann (FG)872
Hosty , MacDara (FF)678
Lee , Máirtín (FF)1,016
Mac An Iomaire, Padraig (FG)1,408
McKinstry , Alastair (GP)985
O'Hara , Kevin (SF)509
Thomas , Noel (FF)1,211
Ó Cualáin , Dáithi (FF)1,166
Gort - Kinvara 5 Seats
Total Poll:10,335
Spoiled votes:178
Total Valid Poll:10,157
Elected Candidates
Byrne , Joe (FG)Count 1
Murphy , P.J. (FG)Count 2
Kinane , Martina (FF)Count 7
Donohue , Geraldine (Ind)Count 8
Finnerty , Gerry (FF)Count 8
Count 1
Byrne , Joe (FG)2,751
Diviney , Declan (Ind)390
Donohue , Geraldine (Ind)537
Fahey , Kevin (FF)812
Finnerty , Gerry (FF)818
Geoghegan , Hubert (Ind)407
Kiely , Fionn (FG)597
Kinane , Martina (FF)1,479
Mac Gowan , Cormac (Ind)429
Murphy , P.J. (FG)1,615
O'Connell , Emma (REN)322
Loughrea 5 Seats
Total Poll:10503
Spoiled votes:165
Total Valid Poll:10,338
Elected Candidates
Maher , Michael Moegie (FG)Count 1
McClearn , Jimmy (FG)Count 1
Curley , Shane (FF)Count 2
Canning , Ivan (FF)Count 3
Hynes , Pat (Ind)Count 8
Count 1
Campbell , Joe (AON)661
Canning , Ivan (FF)1564
Curley , Shane (FF)1581
Flanagan , Pat (FF)738
Hynes , Pat (Ind)948
Madden , Eoin (Ind)321
Maher , Michael Moegie (FG)2152
McClearn , Jimmy (FG)2041
Roche , Anne Marie (SF)332
Tuam 7 Seats
Total Poll:15,067
Spoiled votes:213
Total Valid Poll:14,854
Elected Candidates
Roche , Pete (FG)Count 1
Killilea , Donagh Mark (FF)Count 5
Hoade , Mary (FF)Count 7
Keaveney , Colm (FF)Count 7
McHugh , Karey (Ind)Count 7
Reddington , Andrew (FG)Count 7
Sheridan , Joe (FF)Count 7
Count 1
Connelly , Billy (Ind)1118
Cunniffe , Shaun (Ind)862
De Lundres Ó Dálaigh , Stiofán (SF)403
Hoade , Mary (FF)1455
Keaveney , Colm (FF)1219
Killilea , Donagh Mark (FF)1521
McHugh , Karey (Ind)929
McHugh , Tom (FG)1258
Niland , Thomas T.P. (Ind)241
Reddington , Andrew (FG)1389
Roche , Pete (FG)2430
Ryan , Dermot (Ind)18
Sheridan , Joe (FF)1544
Ward , Martin (AON)467

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