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Waterford City and County Council - The Results

It was a bruising 15 hours at the count centre in Waterford on Sunday featuring triumphant wins and devastating losses as the 32 city and county councillors battled for their seat, writes Claire Quinn

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 their six seats. Their success came at the expense of long time Independent councillor Blaise Hannigan, who was knocked out in the final count. Despite having over 20 years of experience, Cha O’Neill was also not safe from the guillotine, nor was Sean Reinhardt.

The first councillors across the line were from the Lismore District - Labour’s John Pratt, followed by Fianna Fáil’s James Tobin. Mayor of Waterford city and county, Cllr Declan Doocey took the third and final seat.

In Portlaw-Kilmacthomas Fine Gael’s Séanie Power and Liam Brazil sailed home in the first count after both exceeding the quota. Fianna Fáil’s John O’Leary, Sinn Féin’s Declan Clune were re-elected, while Labour’s Ger Barron regained the seat he lost during the near annihilation of his party in the last Local Elections.

Sinn Féin’s John Hearne was the only candidate to be elected in Waterford City South after exceeding the quota on the first count with 14.7% of first preference votes. Labour’s Seamus Ryan regained the seat he lost in the predominantly working class area five years ago. Independent Donal Barry along with John Cummins and Jason Murphy of Fianna Fail and Fine Gael respectively were elected.

In Waterford City East cardiac campaigner Matt Shanahan (Ind) smashed through the quota in the first count, with fellow independent Davy Daniels following closely behind.

Fianna Fail duo Eddie Mulligan and Adam Wyse were both re-elected. The Green wave was evident in Waterford with the elections of newcomers Marc O Cathasaigh and Jody Power. It came down to the wire for Sinn Fein’s Pat Fitzgerald, who fought off Fine Gael’s Sharon Carey for the final seat in the district.

Independent Councillors Joe Conway and Joe Kelly later regained their seats on the council as well as European Elections candidate Grace O’Sullivan’s sister Lola, who was the first of two women elected. The latter being Sinn Féin’s Breda Brennan.

Damien Geoghegan (FG) confidently sailed through in Dungarvan with 1,716, followed by Tom Cronin of Fianna Fáil. The final four seats were filled from candidates from Labour, Sinn Fein an Independent and former Mayor Pat Nugent.

Waterford County Council
Party%+/-Seats
Fine Gael25.0%-0.07%7
Fianna Fáil18.7%-0.79%7
Sinn Féin14.1%-0.46%6
Labour8.3%0.30%4
Social Democrats0.0%0.00%0
Solidarity-PBP1%0.75%0
Green Party6%6.02%2
Ind/Others27%-5.76%6
Dungarvan 6 Seats
Electorate:16,197
Total Poll:8,703
Turnout:53.73%
Spoiled votes:135
Total Valid Poll:8,568
Quota:1,225
Elected Candidates
Geoghegan, Damien (FG)Count 1
Cronin, Tom (FF)Count 2
Nugent, Pat (FG)Count 7
McGuinness, Conor (SF)Count 8
O'Donnell, Séamus (Ind)Count 8
Phelan, Thomas (Lab)Count 8
Count 1
Cronin, Tom (FF)1,206
French, Seán (FF)85
Geoghegan, Damien (FG)1,716
Hallahan, Caren (Ind)377
Langan, Ciara (Ind)113
McGuinness, Conor (SF)772
Noctor, Ian (FG)573
Nugent, Pat (FG)998
O'Donnell, Séamus (Ind)713
O'Riordan, Joe (Ind)497
Phelan, Thomas (Lab)674
Rossiter, Anne Marie (FF)491
Whelan, Siobhán (SF)353
Lismore 3 Seats
Electorate:9,226
Total Poll:4,476
Turnout:48.52%
Spoiled votes:86
Total Valid Poll:4,390
Quota:1,098
Elected Candidates
Pratt, John (Lab)Count 1
Tobin, James (FF)Count 1
Doocey, Declan (FG)Count 2
Count 1
Brierley, Louise (SF)425
Doocey, Declan (FG)1,041
Glasscoe, Lynne (GP)331
Pratt, John (Lab)1,385
Tobin, James (FF)1,208
Portlaw - Kilmacthomas 5 Seats
Electorate:14,318
Total Poll:7,669
Turnout:53.56%
Spoiled votes:152
Total Valid Poll:7,517
Quota:1,253
Elected Candidates
Brazil, Liam (FG)Count 1
Power, Seánie (FG)Count 1
O'Leary, John (FF)Count 4
Barron, Ger (Lab)Count 5
Clune, Declan (SF)Count 6
Count 1
Barron, Ger (Lab)981
Brazil, Liam (FG)1,482
Clune, Declan (SF)740
Coffey-Jacob, Mairéad (FG)445
Murphy, Ray (FF)616
O'Leary, John (FF)1,123
Power, Seánie (FG)1,591
Troy, Ann (Ind)259
Whelan, Dolores (Ind)280
Tramore – Waterford City West 6 Seats
Electorate:16,215
Total Poll:8,030
Turnout:49.52%
Spoiled votes:173
Total Valid Poll:7,857
Quota:1,123
Elected Candidates
Ó Cathasaigh, Marc (GP)Count 2
Conway, Joe (Ind)Count 5
O'Sullivan, Lola (FG)Count 6
Griffin, Jim (SF)Count 10
Kelly, Joe (Ind)Count 10
Quinlan, Eamon (FF)Count 10
Count 1
Byrne, Brendan (Ind)169
Conway, Joe (Ind)1,080
Dunphy, Úna (Sol-PBP)332
Gallwey, Michael (REN)253
Griffin, Jim (SF)581
Hannigan, Blaise (Ind)687
Hughes, Leslie (SF)395
Kelly, Joe (Ind)950
Keoghan, Maxine (FG)248
Lacey, Rita (FF)170
O'Neill, Melissa (Ind)81
O'Sullivan, Lola (FG)1,027
Quinlan, Eamon (FF)762
Ó Cathasaigh, Marc (GP)1,122
Waterford City East 6 Seats
Electorate:15,672
Total Poll:8,665
Turnout:55.29%
Spoiled votes:122
Total Valid Poll:8,543
Quota:1,221
Elected Candidates
Shanahan, Matt (Ind)Count 1
Daniels, David (Ind)Count 2
Fitzgerald, Pat (SF)Count 7
Mulligan, Eddie (FF)Count 7
Power, Jody (GP)Count 7
Wyse, Adam (FF)Count 7
Count 1
Carey, Sharon (FG)578
Daniels, David (Ind)1,201
Dowd, Fiona (FG)482
Doyle, Michael (SF)536
Fitzgerald, Pat (SF)587
Garland, Michael (Ind)311
Mulligan, Eddie (FF)932
Power, Jody (GP)765
Shanahan, Matt (Ind)1,736
Walsh, Lee (Ind)523
Wyse, Adam (FF)892
Waterford City South 6 Seats
Electorate:14,323
Total Poll:7,441
Turnout:51.95%
Spoiled votes:156
Total Valid Poll:7,285
Quota:1,041
Elected Candidates
Hearne, John (SF)Count 1
Barry, Donal (Ind)Count 9
Cummins, John (FG)Count 9
Brennan, Breda (SF)Count 10
Murphy, Jason (FF)Count 10
Ryan, Séamus (Lab)Count 10
Count 1
Barry, Donal (Ind)724
Brennan, Breda (SF)444
Burns, Vivienne (Ind)268
Byrne, Brendan (Ind)171
Cleary, Ronan (AON)246
Cummins, John (FG)862
Fitzgerald, Warren (SF)312
Gallagher, Susan (GP)441
Hearne, John (SF)1,071
Murphy, Jason (FF)763
O'Neill, Laurence 'Cha' (Ind)508
Power, Andrew (Ind)446
Reinhardt, Seán (Ind)407
Ryan, Séamus (Lab)622

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