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Wexford County Council - The Results

The shocking and the predictable stood in stark contrast in Wexford as cheering of the elected candidates rung out over the course of Sunday. With six LEAs and a total of 67 candidates there was triumph and despair to be seen in spades as the counts came in.

Sinn Féin’s fortunes around the county were a big point over the weekend as they lost three sitting councillors. Fionntán Ó’Súilleabháin scraped over the line in Gorey LEA to retain his seat, as did Tom Forde in Wexford. Mick Roche hung in until the last count in Rosslare, but ultimately lost out to Aontú candidate Jim Codd. Marie Doyle didn’t gain much momentum in New Ross before being eliminated, while first time candidate Colette Nolan also missed out in Kilmuckridge LEA.

Perhaps the biggest shock for Sinn Féin, however, was the failure of their general election candidate Johnny Mythen to retain his seat in Enniscorthy. However, he wasn’t the only high profile candidate to miss out in Enniscorthy. Current County Council Chairman Keith Doyle, who has been involved in local politics for 25 years, also lost his seat, as did Fine Gael councillor of ten years Paddy Kavanagh.

In fact, in Enniscorthy, it was only Kathleen Codd Nolan (FG), John O’Rourke (IND) and Barbara Anne Murphy (FF) who retained their seats on a new look council that will feature cousin of TD James Browne, Aidan Browne (FF), Cathal Byrne (FG) and Jackser Owens (IND) who had previously served on Enniscorthy Town Council.

There was a predictable outcome in Kilmuckridge with all four sitting councillors - Pip Breen (FF), Mary Farrell (IND), Willie Kavanagh (FF) and Oliver Walsh (FG) - all retaining their seats to fill the LEA.

Also with a hint of predictability, European hopeful Malcolm Byrne (FF) topped the poll in Gorey, but will be hoping not to take up his seat as the European count continues. He was joined by Fine Gael duo Anthony Donohoe and Diarmuid Devereux before Donal Kenny and Joe Sullivan made it a clean sweep for Fianna Fáil in the district with Sinn Féin’s Ó’Súilleabháin also getting in on the last count. Labour veteran Robbie Ireton failed to retain his seat, which was a big shock for some.

One of the more dramatic areas was Rosslare. Ger Carthy comfortably topped the poll with over 20% of first preference votes and was closely followed by Frank Staples (FG) on count 2. Fianna Fáil general election candidate Lisa McDonald faced an anxious wait before being elected on count 7 and then things took a turn when Fianna Fáil candidate Michael Wallace called for a recount with some 20 votes separating him and Sinn Féin’s Mick Roche, who was battling Aontú’s Jim Codd. The call was eventually retracted and the new party on the block claimed the new seat as the Rosslare public gave Codd the nod.

Wexford reaffirmed it’s status as a Labour stronghold with George Lawlor topping the poll with over 20% of the vote. He was later joined by Labour colleague Maura Bell, but former councillor Joe Ryan just missed out on the final seat to complete a clean sweep.

Joining Cllr Lawlor being elected on count one was Cllr John Hegarty (FG), who this time out had transferred from the Gorey district to Wexford LEA. Independent candidate and former Social Democrat candidate in the last general election, Leonard Kelly surprised even himself when he took the third seat in Wexford before All-Ireland winner for Wexford in 1996 Garry Laffan (FF), veteran Davy Hynes (IND) and Tom Forde (SF) were all elected on count 9.

New Ross LEA was the last district to be completed and while independent Pat Barden topped the poll comfortably, it was a clean sweep for Fianna Fáil seeing Michael Sheehan, Michael Whelan and John Fleming make it over the line. They were joined by Brídín Murphy (FG) and Anthony Connick (IND) with veteran Fine Gael councillor Willie Fitzharris missing out.

Overall in Wexford, Fianna Fáil can be said to have been the real winners, taking 29% of the vote, closely followed by the independents who made up 27% and Fine Gael with 26%. Sinn Féin will not be happy with their campaign, retaining just two seats. Meanwhile it was a mixed bag for Labour. Although they gained a seat in Wexford, they lost a party stalwart in Robbie Ireton in Gorey.

Wexford County Council
Party%+/-Seats
Fine Gael25%0.53%9
Fianna Fáil30%2.63%12
Sinn Féin8%-4.53%2
Labour9%0.47%2
Social Democrats0%0.00%0
Solidarity-PBP2%1.79%0
Green Party0%-0.63%0
Ind/Others27%-0.26%9
Enniscorthy 6 Seats
Electorate:21,822
Total Poll:11,007
Turnout:50.44%
Spoiled votes:221
Total Valid Poll:10,786
Quota:1,541
Elected Candidates
Codd-Nolan, Kathleen (FG)Count 4
O'Rourke, John (Ind)Count 4
Browne, Aidan (FF)Count 6
Byrne, Cathal (FG)Count 6
Murphy, Barbara-Anne (FF)Count 6
Owens, Jackser (Ind)Count 6
Count 1
Browne, Aidan (FF)995
Byrne Moran, Annette (I4C)288
Byrne, Cathal (FG)1,230
Byrne, John 'Texas' (Ind)233
Codd-Nolan, Kathleen (FG)1,419
Doyle, Keith (FF)788
Kavanagh, Paddy (FG)967
Murphy, Barbara-Anne (FF)1,249
Mythen, Johnny (SF)818
O'Donoghue, Gerald (REN)524
O'Rourke, John (Ind)1,295
Owens, Jackser (Ind)980
Gorey 6 Seats
Electorate:19,989
Total Poll:10,578
Turnout:52.92%
Spoiled votes:208
Total Valid Poll:10,370
Quota:1,482
Elected Candidates
Byrne, Malcolm (FF)Count 1
Donohoe, Anthony (FG)Count 2
Devereux, Diarmuid (FG)Count 5
Kenny, Donal (FF)Count 7
Ó Súilleabháin, Fionntán (SF)Count 7
Sullivan, Joe (FF)Count 7
Count 1
Blackmore, Cinnamon (Sol-PBP)497
Byrne, Malcolm (FF)2,639
Clarke, Elaine (FG)266
Devereux, Diarmuid (FG)1,005
Donohoe, Anthony (FG)1,404
Fleming, Jimmy (Ind)878
Ireton, Robert (Lab)681
Kenny, Donal (FF)1,106
Sullivan, Joe (FF)949
Ó Súilleabháin, Fionntán (SF)945
Kilmuckridge 4 Seats
Electorate:13,701
Total Poll:7,276
Turnout:53.11%
Spoiled votes:117
Total Valid Poll:7,159
Quota:1,432
Elected Candidates
Breen, Pip (FF)Count 4
Farrell, Mary (Ind)Count 4
Kavanagh, Willie (FF)Count 7
Walsh, Oliver (FG)Count 7
Count 1
Breen, Pip (FF)1,297
Farrell, Mary (Ind)1,223
Gahan, Edel (FG)663
Kavanagh, Willie (FF)1,120
Mernagh, Peter (REN)614
Nolan, Colette (SF)427
Van De Ven, Jan (DDI)53
Wafer, Nicky (Lab)475
Walsh, Oliver (FG)1,287
New Ross 6 Seats
Electorate:22,001
Total Poll:11,956
Turnout:54.34%
Spoiled votes:251
Total Valid Poll:11,705
Quota:1,673
Elected Candidates
Barden, Patrick Gerard (Ind)Count 1
Sheehan, Michael (FF)Count 1
Connick, Anthony (Ind)Count 8
Fleming, John (FF)Count 8
Murphy, Bridín (FG)Count 8
Whelan, Michael (FF)Count 8
Count 1
Barden, Patrick Gerard (Ind)1,980
Breen, Susan Jennifer (Sol-PBP)319
Connick, Anthony (Ind)1,105
Doyle, Marie (SF)583
Dwyer, John (Ind)787
Fitzharris, Willie (FG)850
Fleming, John (FF)1393
Kulesza, Dorota (REN)151
Moloney, Bridín (Lab)490
Murphy, Bridín (FG)927
Sheehan, Michael (FF)1,824
Whelan, Michael (FF)1,296
Rosslare 5 Seats
Electorate:17,103
Total Poll:9,520
Turnout:55.66%
Spoiled votes:153
Total Valid Poll:9,367
Quota:1,562
Elected Candidates
Carthy, Ger (Ind)Count 1
Staples, Frank (FG)Count 2
McDonald, Lisa (FF)Count 7
Codd, Jim (AON)Count 8
Moore, Jim (FG)Count 8
Count 1
Carthy, Ger (Ind)2,317
Codd, Jim (AON)777
Codd, Paul (FG)494
Johnstone, Jane (I4C)469
Lawton, Terry (Ind)205
McDonald, Lisa (FF)910
Moore, Jim (FG)885
Roche, Mick (SF)839
Staples, Frank (FG)1,552
Wallace, Michael (FF)919
Wexford 7 Seats
Electorate:22,044
Total Poll:10,945
Turnout:49.65%
Spoiled votes:169
Total Valid Poll:10,776
Quota:1,348
Elected Candidates
Hegarty, John (FG)Count 1
Lawlor, George (Lab)Count 1
Kelly, Leonard (Ind)Count 5
Bell, Maura (Lab)Count 9
Forde, Tom (SF)Count 9
Hynes, Davy (Ind)Count 9
Laffan, Garry (FF)Count 9
Count 1
Bell, Maura (Lab)822
Cole, Elaine (AON)240
Forde, Tom (SF)928
Hegarty, John (FG)1,350
Hynes, Davy (Ind)756
Kelly, Leonard (Ind)1,114
Laffan, Garry (FF)929
Lawlor, George (Lab)2,362
Murphy, Colin (FF)652
Reville, Angela (FG)378
Ryan, Joe (Lab)513
Walsh, Ger (FG)418
Walsh, Tony (Sol-PBP)258
Ó Drisceol, Mícheál (Ind)56

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