Shortall tops poll in North Kilkennyand Sinn Fein may win last seat

Sean Keane

Reporter:

Sean Keane

Mary Hilda Cavanagh (right) and her daughter Sarah pictured at the election count centre in Kilkenny. Photo: Pat Moore.
Maurice Shortall (Labour) was elected on the first count in the North Kilkenny electoral area at around 10.40pm on Friday night. He exceeded the quota by 187 votes.

Maurice Shortall (Labour) was elected on the first count in the North Kilkenny electoral area at around 10.40pm on Friday night. He exceeded the quota by 187 votes.

The first count also assured the election of Mary Hilda Cavanagh (FG) on 1,440, a mere 38 votes shy of the quota. Pat Millea (FF); Pat Fitzpatrick (FF) ended up on 1,139 votes each, ensuring their election also.

Catriona Redmond (Sinn Fein) on 947 votes will fight the last seat with Fine Gael’s John Brennan who is on 649. There are two more FG candidates in the race, making it too close to call

Result of first count in North Kilkenny electoral area

Total electorate

Total poll 17,610

Valid poll 10,339

Number of seats 6

Quota 1,478

Brennan John Fine Gael 649

Byrne Thomas Fine Gael 501

Cavanagh Mary Hilda Fine Gael 1,440

Dowling Jamie Non Party 181

Fenlon Keating Maria, Fianna Fáil 708

Ferris Gerard Non Party 412

Fitzpatrick Joan Fine Gael 505

Fitzpatrick Pat Fianna Fáil 1,139

Millea Pat Fianna Fáil 1,139

McCarthy Michael Fianna Fáil 1,053

Redmond Catríona Sinn Féin 947

Shortall Maurice Labour Party 1665