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Local Elections 2024 - Wicklow

The East Coast FM News team are reporting live from the count centre at Shoreline Greystones across the weekend.

Michael McNamara Takes Final MEP Seat In Ireland South - posted at 5:55pm

Cynthia Ní Mhurcú, Michael McNamara and Kathleen Funchion will take up their seats in Brussels next month alongside Seán Kelly who was elected on Monday and Billy Kelleher who exceeded the quota earlier today.

Current MEP Mick Wallace has finished in 6th.

Posted by Hugh O'Farrell Walsh at  5:55pm on Friday, June 14th, 2024

Kathleen Funchion Takes MEP Seat For Sinn Fein - posted at 4:15pm

She says she's looking forward to tackling issues like Ireland's neutrality, and making life better for the people she represents.
 

Posted by Hugh O'Farrell Walsh at  4:15pm on Friday, June 14th, 2024

Cynthia Ní Mhurcú Takes Third Seat In Ireland South - posted at 3:55pm

She was elected in Ireland South late last night along with Michael McNamara and Kathleen Funchion.

Posted by Hugh O'Farrell Walsh at  3:55pm on Friday, June 14th, 2024

Billy Kelleher Takes Second Seat In Ireland South European Constituency - posted at 4:30pm

He received over 120,000 votes on the 18th count, after Fine Gael's Seán Kelly, who was elected on the first count on Monday.


It’s close between Mick Wallace and Cynthia Ní Mhurchú for the final of the five seats- with the votes of Grace O’Sullivan expected to decide who wins.

Posted by Hugh O'Farrell Walsh at  4:30pm on Thursday, June 13th, 2024

Sean Kelly Takes First Seat In Ireland South European Constituency - posted at 3:50pm

He topped the poll in Ireland South last night, at Nemo Rangers GAA Club in Cork.

Speaking just minutes after being lifted onto the shoulders of his supporters, he said he 'wasn't worried at all about the far right' in terms of their influence in the European Parliament.

Posted by Hugh O'Farrell Walsh at  3:50pm on Tuesday, June 11th, 2024

Local Elections 2024 - Wicklow - Charts & Results - posted at 11:00am

East Coast FM's interactive charts with results from all six local electoral areas:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by East Coast FM at 11:00am on Monday, June 10th, 2024

A Late Surge In Wicklow Brings Counting To A Close At Shoreline - posted at 7:35am

Shane Langrell and Graham Richmond, both elected to Wicklow LEA in the 9th count brought the Fine Gael party tally to 9.

Labour's Paul O'Brien and Fianna Fail's Gail Dunne both retained their seat.

Posted by Hugh O'Farrell Walsh at  7:35am on Monday, June 10th, 2024

Barry And Scott Round Off Count For Greystones - posted at 11:52pm

Social Democrats Mark Barry and Lourda Scott of the Green Party have made it over the line in Greystones.

They join Louise Fenlon Gaskin of Fine Gael, Independents Orla Finn, Tom Fortune and Stephen Stokes.

Posted by Hugh O'Farrell Walsh at 11:52pm on Sunday, June 9th, 2024

Final Seats Filled In Arklow - posted at 11:36pm

Counting in the Arklow district has now reached its conclusion after 8 counts.

Fianna Fail's Pat Fitzgerald, Independent Miriam Murphy and Sinn Fein's Warren O' Toole have taken the final seats in the district.

Posted by Hugh O'Farrell Walsh at 11:36pm on Sunday, June 9th, 2024

Counting Concludes In Baltinglass LEA - posted at 11:11pm

All six seats have now been filled in the Baltinglass District.

Patsy Glennon, Avril Cronin, and Jason Mulhall take the final 3 seats for Baltinglass.

Posted by Hugh O'Farrell Walsh at 11:11pm on Sunday, June 9th, 2024

Social Democrats Caroline Winstanley Takes Final Seat In Bray West - posted at 9:45pm

The first time candidate takes the final seat in the Bray West LEA following the 8th count.

She joins Sinn Fein's Dermot Daisy O' Brien, Independent Joe Behan and Fine Gael's Melanie Corrigan.

Posted by Hugh O'Farrell Walsh at  9:45pm on Sunday, June 9th, 2024

Sinn Fein's Dermot Daisy O' Brien Takes 3rd Seat In Bray West - posted at 9:35pm

The Sinn Fein candidate made it over the line following the 8th count and has been re-elected for another 5 years.

His party colleague Mick Ryan lost his seat earlier in the day after being co-opted to the council in 2023 following the departure of Grace McManus.

Posted by Hugh O'Farrell Walsh at  9:35pm on Sunday, June 9th, 2024

Sylvester Bourke Takes 3rd Seat In Arklow - posted at 9:15pm

The Fine Gael Councillor has been elected on the 6th count in the Arklow LEA.

He joins Fianna Fail's Pat Kennedy and Independent Peir Leonard who retained their seats for another term.

Posted by Hugh O'Farrell Walsh at  9:15pm on Sunday, June 9th, 2024

Fine Gael's Peter Stapleton Takes 3rd Seat In Baltinglass - posted at 9:00pm

On the 9th count Peter Stapleton has been elected to Wicklow County Council, to serve a 5 year term until 2029.

He joins his other party colleague Edward Timmins who was re elected this morning.

Posted by Hugh O'Farrell Walsh at  9:00pm on Sunday, June 9th, 2024

Taoiseach Rules Out Early General Election - posted at 7:40pm

The Taoiseach has maintained his desire for the government to run to its full term.

Wicklow TD Simon Harris has been speaking following his party's performance in the local elections, amid speculation he'll call for a poll before the end of the year.

The performance has led to some Fine Gael TD's calling for an early general election, such as Michael Ring from Mayo.

Taoiseach Simon Harris says the government still has a lot of work to do.

Posted by Hugh O'Farrell Walsh at  7:40pm on Sunday, June 9th, 2024

Ian Neary And Malachai Duddy Take 3rd And 4th Seat In Bray East - posted at 7:10pm

Counting has now concluded for the Bray East LEA

Ian Neary and Malachai Duddy have been elected for Bray East on the 7th count without reaching the quota.

Posted by Hugh O'Farrell Walsh at  7:10pm on Sunday, June 9th, 2024

Halfway Point Reached As Counting Continues - posted at 6:25pm

Results are coming in think and fast in the local elections with almost all centres having 1st counts at this stage.

Fine Gael and Fianna Fail remain neck in neck for overall share of the vote at around 23% each.

Sinn Fein is at 11%, Greens on 4% and Independents are on 21%

Some key trends from the count centres are that controversial candidate Malachy Steenson has been elected in Dublin's North Inner City.

In Donegal where the mica issue has dominated, two candidates from the 100 per cent Redress party have been voted in

While Counting has paused in Clare for the senior hurling final

While in Kerry the Healy Rae's- who have never ever lost an election - are keeping up that trend.

Jackie Healy Rae whose father is TD Michael Healy Rae is in - Jackie's cousin Maura and her brother Johnny Healy Rae's are also in and they're dad is TD Danny Healy Rae's.

A few families are doing well in these elections - Finance Minister Michael McGrath's brother Seamus won a massive 5 thousand first preference votes in Cork.

Posted by Hugh O'Farrell Walsh at  6:25pm on Sunday, June 9th, 2024

Erika Doyle Takes Second Seat In Bray East - posted at 5:45pm

Erika Doyle has taken the second seat in Bray East on the 6th count.

Councillor Doyle has been re-elected to serve on the council until 2029, after first being co-opted in 2020.

 

Posted by Hugh O'Farrell Walsh at  5:45pm on Sunday, June 9th, 2024

Second Seat In Greystones Filled As Independent Tom Fortune Crosses The Line - posted at 4:40pm

Independent Tom Fortune has been elected on the 5th count in the Greystones District Area.  He takes the second seat after Stephen Stokes was elected in the early hours this morning.

Councillor Fortune has retained his council seat for the 5th time in a row, lifting his wedding ring in tribute to his late wife Anne.

 

Posted by Hugh O'Farrell Walsh at  4:40pm on Sunday, June 9th, 2024

Ireland south will have to wait for first count. - posted at 4:13pm


Around 250 staff began sorting almost 715,000 ballot papers for the ten-county constituency at Nemo Rangers GAA Club in Cork this morning.

The count centre will keep counting till 11pm this evening.


23 candidates are fighting for 5 seats in the European Parliament and no official tallies are being taken at the count centre.

Posted by Breffni Clack at  4:13pm on Sunday, June 9th, 2024

Fine Gael's Aoife Flynn Kennedy Retains Seat In Bray East - posted at 3:33pm

The outgoing Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council has retained her seat in Bray East on the 5th count.

She joins Fine Gael party colleague Melanie Corrigan who has also been re-elected in the Bray West LEA.

Posted by Hugh O'Farrell Walsh at  3:33pm on Sunday, June 9th, 2024

Sinn Féin To Reflect On Disappointing Election Result. - posted at 2:02pm

The party is set to win seats across the country, but will fall well short of expectations.

Mary Lou McDonald said she's disappointed with the party's result and it's time to reflect on it ahead of a potential general election this year.  With approaching 300 seats filled in the local elections her party has less than 12 per cent of the vote.  By contrast Fine Gael and Fianna Fail will likely lose seats in this election but are polling in the early 20s.

Sinn Féin is also under pressure in the European elections where tallies in Midlands North West show there's a risk the party will lose its seat in that constituency.  While Lynn Boylan will be involved in a fight in Dublin to win one for the party.

Sinn Féin's Housing Spokesman Eoin O'Broin said the party failed to get its voters out and will need to reflect on reasons why.
 

Posted by Hugh O'Farrell Walsh at  2:02pm on Sunday, June 9th, 2024

Fine Gael's Edward Timmins re-elected in the Baltinglass LEA - posted at 1:30pm

Fine Gael's Edward Timmins is the latest candidate to be re-elected in the Baltinglass LEA.  It's after surplus votes from Independent Gerry O' Neill were redistributed this morning.

Posted by Hugh O'Farrell Walsh at  1:30pm on Sunday, June 9th, 2024

First Time Social Democrats Candidate Danny Alvey Elected In Wicklow LEA - posted at 1:07pm

Danny Alvey from the Social Democrats is the first new candidate to be elected in the Wicklow LEA after seeing positive transfers in the second count.

Meanwhile Fine Gael's Edward Timmins is the latest candidate to be re-elected in the Baltinglass District.  It's after surplus votes from Independent Gerry O' Neill were redistributed this morning.

 

Posted by Hugh O'Farrell Walsh at  1:07pm on Sunday, June 9th, 2024

A quarter of local council seats across the country filled - posted at 12:46pm

European votes are also being counted though first results won't come until late tonight.

250 seats have now been filled on councils across the country with Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and Independents taking the vast majority of seats so far.

Now it still looks like Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will lose seats when compared to 2019.  Sinn Féin could pick up 30 or 40 seats, but are polling well below what was expected of them

A roughly 11/12 per cent result so far also puts in question the party's ability to take a European seat in either Dublin or Midlands North West where its candidates will be scrapping for seats.

Attention has also starting turning to the general election with some in Fine Gael in particular now wanting to go to the polls again in the autumn.

Posted by Breffni Clack at 12:46pm on Sunday, June 9th, 2024

First Councillors Elected In The Early Hours Of Sunday - posted at 10:56am

Following a long and anxious wait overnight, Independents Gerry O’Neill, Peir Leonard, John Snell, Stephen Stokes and Joe Behan were all re-elected in their respective electoral areas of Baltinglass, Greystones, Arklow and Bray West.

BREAKING: Cllr. Stephen Stokes has just been re-elected for Greystones #localelections24

Posted by EAST COAST FM on Saturday, June 8, 2024

Fianna Fail's Pat Kennedy and Fine Gael's Melanie Corrigan followed suit in Arklow and Bray East respectively.

As counting resumes this morning the Bray East LEA will take centre stage with Aoife Flynn Kennedy expected to be home and dry.
 

Posted by Hugh O'Farrell Walsh at 10:56am on Sunday, June 9th, 2024

John Snell Re-elected in Wicklow LEA - posted at 2:00am

John Snell chats to East Coast FM just after getting re-elected for Wicklow County Council in the Wicklow LEA #localelections24

John Snell chats to us just after getting re-elected for Wicklow #localelections24

Posted by EAST COAST FM on Saturday, June 8, 2024

 

Posted by East Coast FM at  2:00am on Sunday, June 9th, 2024

Councillor Erika Doyle, Green party, speaks with East Coast FM - posted at 10:22pm

Councillor Erika Doyle speaks with reporter Max Kane about her thoughts on the Green Party's national outcome in this year's Wicklow Local Elections.

Watch the full interview on the East Coast FM Facebook page: 

 

Posted by Clodagh Byrne at 10:22pm on Saturday, June 8th, 2024

Independent Councillor Joe Behan for Bray West, is "delighted" with his current number one spot in the tally. - posted at 8:46pm

Independent Councillor Joe Behan for Bray West, is "delighted" with his current number one spot in the tally.

Posted by Clodagh Byrne at  8:46pm on Saturday, June 8th, 2024

Greystones Councillor Stephen Stokes, who's is topping the tally poll to retain his seat speaks to reporter Max Kane. - posted at 8:08pm

Greystones Councillor Stephen Stokes, who's is topping the tally poll to retain his seat speaks to reporter Max Kane.

Posted by Clodagh Byrne at  8:08pm on Saturday, June 8th, 2024

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