FG’s John Deasy topped the poll with 10,718 first preferences, although he was not elected until the third count. Also a shoe-in FG’s Paudie Coffey was not far behind him with 9,698, but was not elected until the 7th count.
The remaining seats were wide open and being fought over by FF’s Brendan Kenneally who polled 7,515, two Labour candidates, Ciara Conway and Seamus Ryan, and Independent John Halligan.
It was clear Kenneally would struggle to get transfers, and after Ryan was eliminated, Conway, the first female to be elected in Waterford in over 50 years, was home. Independent John Halligan later edged out Kenneally.