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Kilkenny County Council - The Results

Sinn Fein has suffered a serious reversal in Kilkenny in this local election, with the party failing to return a single elected member to Kilkenny County Council, writes Sam Matthews

The three seats secured in 2014 seemed a long time ago on Saturday afternoon, with sitting TD Kathleen Funchion conceding they were in serious bother as the tallies came in.

“I’m very disappointed in how we’re doing — I would have thought we were in a much stronger position,” she said. “A lot of work was put in. We have a lot of questions to ask ourselves afterwards.”

In the city, her partner Sean Tyrrell was in the hunt for the final seat right until the end with his first preference count of 548. He was co-opted to the council in 2016 following Deputy Funchion’s election to the Dáil, and it was his first time to contest an election. He transferred well from both Fianna Fail’s Andrew McGuinness’ surplus and People Before Profit’s Stephanie Hanlon following her elimination, but it was not enough.

In South Kilkenny, new candidate Grace Doyle picked up 675 first preference votes. Melissa O’ Neill, who topped the poll for Sinn Fein in 2014 but has since parted ways with the party, secured just 233 first preferences as an independent candidate.

In the Callan-Thomastown Electoral Area, David Kennedy was stoic in the face of defeat. He polled 728 first preferences and took a great vote in his own parish of Ballyhale, but as time progressed it became clear it would fall short of what was required.

“I knew when the boundary was changed that - as much work as I have done and would have liked to get done — I would be struggling,” he told the Kilkenny People.

“I banked on a few things that didn't work out. That’s politics. We’ll just go on now and get on with life, and I will spend a bit of time with my wife and family.

“Kilkenny has always been a conservative county. But it has been my pleasure to serve for five years. I have enjoyed every minute of it.”

Mr Kennedy wished his former colleagues well, and wished the best to all who put their names forward.

Kilkenny County Council
Fine Gael32%2.06%9
Fianna Fáil41%3.78%11
Sinn Féin6%-3.53%0
Social Democrats0%0.00%0
Green Party4%0.32%1
Callan - Thomastown 6 Seats
Total Poll:11,077
Spoiled votes:182
Total Valid Poll:10,895
Elected Candidates
Cleere, Peter 'Chap' (FF)Count 1
Doran, Matt (FF)Count 1
Doyle, Michael (FG)Count 6
Cullen, Deirdre (FF)Count 7
Lyons, Joe (FG)Count 7
O'Neill, Patrick (FG)Count 7
Count 1
Carroll, John (Ind)41
Cleere, Peter 'Chap' (FF)1,945
Cullen, Deirdre (FF)862
Doran, Matt (FF)1,839
Doyle, Michael (FG)1,378
Finegan, Trish (Ind)365
Gardner, Breda Patricia (Ind)821
Kelly, John (Ind)362
Kennedy, David (SF)728
Lyons, Joe (FG)1,042
McGrath, Michael (Ind)113
O'Neill, Patrick (FG)1,399
Castlecomer 6 Seats
Total Poll:10,358
Spoiled votes:233
Total Valid Poll:10,125
Elected Candidates
Cavanagh, Mary Hilda (FG)Count 1
Fitzpatrick, Pat (FF)Count 1
McCarthy, Michael (FF)Count 1
Brennan, John (FG)Count 3
Delaney, Michael (FF)Count 4
Hynes, Denis (Lab)Count 5
Count 1
Brennan, John (FG)1,189
Cavanagh, Mary Hilda (FG)1,687
Delaney, Michael (FF)985
Fitzpatrick, Pat (FF)2,249
Hynes, Denis (Lab)1,098
Kavanagh, Joseph (SF)507
McCarthy, Michael (FF)1,591
O'Neill, Pat (FG)819
Kilkenny 7 Seats
Total Poll:9,742
Spoiled votes:155
Total Valid Poll:9,587
Elected Candidates
Malone, Joe (FF)Count 1
McGuinness, Andrew (FF)Count 1
Noonan, Malcolm (GP)Count 1
Fitzgerald, David (FG)Count 2
Brett, Martin (FG)Count 11
Coonan, John (FF)Count 11
McGuinness, Eugene (Ind)Count 11
Count 1
Brett, Martin (FG)479
Cleere, Andrea (Lab)301
Coonan, John (FF)698
Fitzgerald, David (FG)1,151
Hanlon, Stephanie (Sol-PBP)231
Kelly, Orla (FG)309
Kennedy, Enya (Ind)161
Malone, Joe (FF)1,271
McGuinness, Andrew (FF)1,860
McGuinness, Eugene (Ind)826
Noonan, Malcolm (GP)1,485
O'Connor, Luke (Ind)236
Tyrrell, Sean (SF)548
Walsh, Noel Gerard (Ind)31
Piltown 5 Seats
Total Poll:8,187
Spoiled votes:130
Total Valid Poll:8,057
Elected Candidates
Breathnach, Tomás (Lab)Count 1
Dunphy, Pat (FG)Count 1
Aylward, Eamon (FF)Count 6
Doherty, Fidelis (FG)Count 6
Frisby, Ger (FF)Count 6
Count 1
Aylward, Eamon (FF)1,013
Breathnach, Tomás (Lab)1,516
Curran, Alan (Ind)81
Doherty, Fidelis (FG)1,059
Doyle, Grace (SF)675
Duggan, Rob (FF)612
Dunphy, Pat (FG)1,579
Frisby, Ger (FF)970
Hayes, John (FG)319
Melissa O' Neill (Ind)233

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