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Andrew Doyle celebrating with his team on getting into Dail Eireann

Andrew Doyle celebrating with his team on getting into Dail Eireann


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Pat Casey celebrating with his family on getting into Dail Eireann

Pat Casey celebrating with his family on getting into Dail Eireann


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UPDATE DAY TWO 6.10pm: It's all over in Wicklow. Andrew Doyle and Pat Casey have been elected as Billy Timmins loses his seat. Final count: Doyle (10,394),Casey (10,260), Timmins, (8,359)
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UPDATE DAY TWO 4.55pm: 9th count: Pat Casey, Andrew Doyle and Billy Timmins are now the only candidates left standing following the elimination of cllr Joe Behan (Ind). Doyle has overtaken Casey and now leads the pack on 9,652. Casey is close on his heels on 9,214, while Timmins has 7,279. Behan's 5,218 votes will now be distributed.
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UPDATE DAY TWO 4.10pm: Pat Casey is now just 2,537 votes shy of reaching the quota, but could Andrew Doyle overtake him after Anne Ferris's votes are distributed?
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UPDATE DAY TWO 4pm: 8th count: Casey has the quota in his sights. A huge transfer of Jennifer Cuffe's votes to her FF running mate have brought him to 8,931. Casey now leads Doyle by just under 1,000 votes, and Doyle in turn leads Timmins by just over 1,000.
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UPDATE DAY TWO 3.50pm: Anne Ferris has officially lost her seat on the 8th count. Her 4,032 votes will now be distributed.
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UPDATE DAY TWO 3.00pm: 7th count: Andrew Doyle leaps Pat Casey in the race for the 4th seat. Doyle received 1,260 votes from Avril Cronin, bringing him to 7,726. The gap between Casey and Timmins has narrowed to just 33 votes - 6,700 to 6,667. Jennifer Cuffe (FF) will now be excluded and her 3,548 votes distributed.
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UPDATE DAY TWO 2.40pm: 6th count: Still none of the remaining candidates have reached the quota. Pat Casey (6,600) maintains a slim lead over Andrew Doyle (6,466), with Billy Timmins also close behind on 6,231. Avril Cronin (FG) will now be excluded and her 2,322 votes distributed. There were 954 non-transferables from Briggs.
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UPDATE DAY TWO 2.40pm: UPDATE DAY TWO 12.30pm: Steven Matthews of Green Party eliminated, his votes will now be distributed.
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UPDATE DAY TWO 1.40pm: After the 5th count, Pat Casey (FF) is on 6,552, Andrew Doyle (FG) is on 6,424 and Billy Timmins (RENUA) is on 6,017. Sharon Briggs' 2,219 votes will now be distributed. 501 of Steven Matthews' votes went to Anne Ferris, who's now on 3,413.
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UPDATE DAY TWO 1.40pm: 5th count: Sharon Briggs (AAA/PBP) has been eliminated following the distribution of Steven Matthews' votes.
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UPDATE DAY TWO 1.40pm: 5th count: Sharon Briggs (AAA/PBP) has been eliminated following the distribution of Steven Matthews' votes.
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UPDATE DAY TWO 12.30pm: 4th Count: Following the distribution, Pat Casey is on 6,505, Andrew Doyle is on 6,285 and Billy Timmins is on 5,858.
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UPDATE DAY TWO 12.30pm:4th Count: Following the distribution, Pat Casey is on 6,505, Andrew Doyle is on 6,285 and Billy Timmins is on 5,858.
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UPDATE DAY TWO 10.30am: Bob Kearns (IND) and Katrina Hutchinson (DDI) were eliminated this morning before the 3rd count began. Following the 3rd count, neither Pat Casey, Andrew Doyle or Billy Timmins have reached the quota. Charlie Keddy (IND) and Anna Doyle (AAA/PBP) have now also been eliminated.
_____________________________________ UPDATE 10pm: Both John Brady and Simon Harris have been declared elected following the distribution of Stephen Donnelly's surplus votes. Brady received 338, bringing his total to 11, 489, while Harris received 649, bringing his total to 11,468 - hitting the quota exactly. Pat Casey got 157 of Donnelly's surplus, bringing him to 6,446, Andrew Doyle got 73, bringing him to 6,227 and Billy Timmins got 227, bringing him to 5,737. The count will resume at 9am tomorrow morning.
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27-2-16: Three elected on Count Day 1 in Wicklow
By Ian Colgan

Day one at the Wicklow count centre, in the Shoreline Leisure Centre in Greystones, saw three of the five seats filled. Stephen Donnelly (SD) was elected on the first count, exceeding the 11,468 quota by 2,880 votes.

In a climactic finish to the day’s proceedings, John Brady (SF) and Simon Harris (FG) then both got over the line at the same time after Donnelly’s surplus votes were distributed. Brady received 338 of Donnelly’s surplus, bringing his total to 11,489, while Harris received 649, bringing his total to 11,468 – remarkably hitting the quota exactly.
Donnelly was the success story in Wicklow, emerging as the frontrunner early in the day and maintaining about 21% of the vote as the boxes were tallied. What was also clear from the first few dozen boxes tallied was that the next two seats would go to Brady and Harris. After all of the 180 boxes were tallied, Brady had 16% (10,822 votes), and Harris 15% (10,401 votes), rendering the filling of the 2nd and 3rd seats a mere formality.
What’s less clear after the first day is who will take the final two seats, with the stage set for a brutal and protracted three-way dogfight on Sunday between Pat Casey (FF), Andrew Doyle (FG) and Billy Timmins (RENUA), who are all far from reaching the quota. After the distribution of Donnelly’s surplus votes, Casey is on 6,446, Doyle has 6,227 and Timmins has 5,737, meaning it could be late in the day before any of them get over the line.
The results have shown that Wicklow has kept faith in Fine Gael, with the Party’s three Wicklow candidates (Harris, Doyle and Avril Cronin) combining to take 27.5% of the votes cast. The story is very different for Labour, however, with Anne Ferris destined to lose her seat after taking a pummelling at the polls and receiving only 2,634 votes on the first count. The successes of Donnelly and Brady, meanwhile, also says a lot about how much the political mood has shifted amongst the Wicklow electorate in the last five years. In 2011 Donnelly and Brady were duking it out all the way to the 19th count for the last remaining seat, with Donnelly eventually edging Brady by a mere 112 votes. This time they came 1st and 2nd, their Dail seats virtually nailed down after the first 20 boxes were tallied.
Elsewhere, Cllr Joe Behan was the strongest performing Independent candidate, getting 3,070 votes on the first count and an additional 275 votes from Donnelly’s surplus. Green Party councillor Steven Matthews also got a healthy portion of Donnelly’s surplus (264), taking him to 1,614. Independent candidate Bob Kearns, former mayor of Wicklow Town, seems to have suffered from being the only candidate on the ballot sheet without a picture.
When the count resumes today (Sunday), both Bob Kearns (IND) and Katrina Hutchinson (DDI) will be eliminated, with the first count and ladling out of Donnelly’s surplus votes leaving them with only 120 and 217 votes respectively.

END OF DAY ONE:

Stephen Donnelly – 14,348 (elected on 1st count)

(Distribution of Donnelly’s surplus votes)

John Brady – 11,489 (elected)

Simon Harris – 11,468 (elected)

Pat Casey – 6,446

Andrew Doyle – 6,227

Billy Timmins – 5,737

Joe Behan – 3,375

Jennifer Cuffe – 3,179

Anne Ferris – 2,861

Avril Cronin – 2,149

Steven Matthews – 1,614

Sharon Briggs – 1,396

Anna Doyle – 612

Charlie Keddy – 476

Katrina Hutchinson – 217 (eliminated)

Bob Kearns – 120 (eliminated)

Total poll: 69,400

Spoiled votes: 596
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UPDATE 5.50pm:
sd123 Huge cheers greeted the arrival of poll topper Stephen Donnelly. Speaking on the radio, the Social Democrat TD thanked the people of Wicklow and said he was "thrilled and incredibly humbled".
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UPDATE 4.10pm: All of the boxes have been tallied in Wicklow. Stephen Donnelly expected to be declared elected after the first count. Quota estimated to be about 11,000.
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UPDATE 4.50pm: Frontrunners after completed first tally: Stephen Donnelly (21%), John Brady (16%), Simon Harris (15.3%), Pat Casey (9.1%), Andrew Doyle (8.8%), Billy Timmins (8%).
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UPDATE 5.00pm: It's close between Joe Behan (2,973 votes) and Jennifer Cuffe (2,878 votes). Cuffe outperformed Behan in every district apart from Bray and Wicklow Town.
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UPDATE 3.30pm: IMG_3109
A delighted John Brady with Martin McGuinness at the count centre in Greystones today. Brady is currently on 15.5%.
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UPDATE 2.40pm: 77% of boxes tallied. Still very little separates Pat Casey (8.90%), Andrew Doyle TD (8.40%) and Billy Timmins TD (8.10%) in the dogfght for the last two seats.
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UPDATE 1.20pm: Simon Harris (FG) leads John Brady (SF) by roughly 500 votes with almost half of the 180 boxes tallied. Stephen Donnelly (SD) still out in front on 21%. Cllr Joe Behan (IND) is the best performing Independent with 4% of the vote.
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UPDATE 12.55pm: 41% of boxes tallied in Wicklow and it's virtually neck and neck between Fianna Fail councillor Pat Casey and RENUA TD Billy Timmins (9.50% to 9.20%). It's shaping up to be a three-way battle for the last two seats between them and Andrew Doyle TD (8%).
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UPDATE 12.12pm: Sitting Labour TD Anne Ferris continues to take a beating. Just 676 votes after a third of the boxes tallied.
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UPDATE 10:55am: Just 23 boxes tallied in Wicklow and Stephen Donnelly is in an early lead with almost 23% of the vote. The signs are also good for Simon Harris and John Brady, who both have over 1,000 votes. Just 200 votes for Anne Ferris has her on just under 3%. _______________________________________________________________

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