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DAY 3

16:09: Look who it is! Waterford’s all-new TD emsemble popped in for a chat with Beat News earlier today.

15:22: Phew! And that’s a wrap! Here’s how the four South East constituencies worked out:

15:00: A final flurry of announcements have seen the following elected:

13:03: Celebratory scenes in Tipp as Mattie McGrath is elected.


13:51: Tipperary has elected a further two candidates:

12:45: Seamus Healy is now a former TD:

12:15: Two further announcements in Kilkenny Carlow. It’s now down to the wire between GP’s Malcom Noonan and Fianna Fáil’s Bobby Alyward.

12:01: Here’s the state of play in Tipperary right now…

 

12:00: Another loss for Fine Gael, this time in Tipperary. 

11:50: Ever wondered what Mattie McGrath has for brekkie?

11:15: Speaking to Beat news, Carlow Fine Gael Councillor, Brian O’Donohue, says it’s a disappointing day for Fine Gael in Carlow Kilkenny. 

11:10: Fine Gael’s Pat Deering is out in Carlow Kilkenny.

11:10: Labour Leader Brendan Howlin has been elected in Wexford. 

10:30: The snow didn’t take long to arrive in Kilkenny.

10:15: Snow in Thurles has failed to delay Tipperary count proceedings.

9:20: Here’s what seats have been filled as of this morning!

9:00: Tipperary has only elected one representative as of this morning.

  1. MICHAEL LOWRY, IND 14,802
  2. MARTIN BROWNE, SF 10,834
  3. MATTIE MCGRATH, IND 10,152
  4. ALAN KELLY, LAB 9,282
  5. JACKIE CAHILL, FF 9,114
  6. GARRET AHEARN, FG 6,553
  7. SEAMUS HEALY, IND 6,306
  8. MARY NEWMAN JULIAN, FG 5,518
  9. JOE HANNIGAN, IND 5,313

8:45: This is the state of play in Kilkenny Carlow as of this morning. John McGuinness was elected shortly after 00:30.

  1. KATHLEEN FUNCHION, SF 17,493
  2. JOHN MCGUINNESS, FF 12,612
  3. JENNIFER MURNANE O’CONNOR, FF 10,333
  4. JOHN PAUL PHELAN, FG 9,429
  5. BOBBY AYLWARD, FF 8,642
  6. MALCOLM NOONAN, GP 7,313
  7. PAT DEERING, FG 6,995
  8. ADRIENNE WALLACE, SOL-PBP 4,823

8:40: Here’s how things shaped up in Wexford after counting was wrapped up for the day. Count 8 will resume later this morning.

  1. JOHNNY MYTHEN, SF 18,717 
  2. BRENDAN HOWLIN, LAB 12,307
  3. JAMES BROWNE, FF 9,246
  4. VERONA MURPHY, IND 7,820
  5. MICHAEL D’ARCY, FG 6,922
  6. MALCOLM BYRNE, FF 6,843
  7. PAUL KEHOE, FG 6,712
  8. GER CARTHY, IND 5,738

 

8:30: Good morning! Waterford has three new elected TDs following a flurry of announcements in the early hours.

 

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DAY 2

18:25: In Tipp, dubious votes are holding up a first count announcement.

17:55: How things stands after the first count in Kilkenny:

  1. KATHLEEN FUNCHION, SF 17,493
  2. JOHN MCGUINNESS, FF 10,558
  3. JENNIFER MURNANE O’CONNOR, FF 9,351
  4. BOBBY AYLWARD, FF 7,550
  5. JOHN PAUL PHELAN, FG 6,396
  6. PAT DEERING, FG 5,929
  7. MALCOLM NOONAN, GP 4,942
  8. PATRICK O’NEILL, FG 3,674
  9. ALAN HAYES, IND 2,347
  10. DENIS HYNES, LAB 2,208
  11. ADRIENNE WALLACE, SOL-PBP 1,558
  12. HELENA BYRNE, RN 992
  13. MELISSA O’NEILL, IFP 431
  14. ANGELA RAY , IND 214

17:55: How things stand after the first count in Waterford:

  1. DAVID CULLINANE, SF 20,569
  2. MARY BUTLER, FF 6,644
  3. MATT SHANAHAN, IND 4,990
  4. JOHN CUMMINS, FG 4,592
  5. DAMIEN GEOGHEGAN, FG 4,289
  6. MARC Ó CATHASAIGH, GP 3,996
  7. JOHN PRATT, LAB 3,498
  8. EDDIE MULLIGAN, FF 2,654
  9. ÚNA DUNPHY, SOL-PBP 1,153
  10. RONAN CLEARY, AON 1,049
  11. BERNADETTE PHILLIPS, IND 324

17:55: How things stand after the first count in Wexford:

  1. JOHNNY MYTHEN, SF 18,717
  2. BRENDAN HOWLIN, LAB 9,223
  3. JAMES BROWNE, FF 8,058
  4. MICHAEL D’ARCY, FG 6,472
  5. PAUL KEHOE, FG 6,337
  6. MALCOLM BYRNE, FF 6,145
  7. VERONA MURPHY, IND 5,825
  8. MICHAEL SHEEHAN, FF 4,366
  9. GER CARTHY, IND 3,024
  10. PAULA ROSEINGRAVE, GP 2,028
  11. JIM CODD, AON 1,518
  12. LISA MCDONALD, FF 1,351
  13. DEIRDRE WADDING, SOL-PBP 1,116
  14. SEANIE O’SHEA, I4C 825
  15. BART JAMES MURPHY, IND 68

17:51: A moment for Sinn Féin supporters in Waterford to savour!

17:47:


17:45:

17:30: Our first South East candidate in the South East has been elected. Johnny Mythen is the first Sinn Féin TD in 102 years.

16:40: In Tipperary they’re still awaiting the result of the first count, now expected to arrive until at 6pm, an hour ahead of initially expected.

16:30: Sinn Féin & Cork South Central candidate, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, is the first to be elected!

15:50:

14:55: Speaking to Beat News Deputy Cullinane says he’s delighted with how well the party is doing across the board.


14:10: Unbelievable tally in Leo Varadkar’s constituency…

14:00: ‘There’s a change in the air’, according to Sinn Féin’s Kathleen Funchion.

13:55: Green MEP and Tramore-native Grace O’Sullivan says their candidate Marc O’Cathasaigh, who is on 7.3%, is in a good position.

13:06:

13:04: The shopping trollies are out in Kilkenny!

12:50: BREAKING – Director of services for Fine Gael, Martin Lawlor, has conceded that Fine Gael will lose a seat in Wexford.

12:40: In Waterford with tallies completed, its David Cullinane (SF) ahead by a country mile with 38%, followed by Mary Butler (FF) 13%, Matt Shanahan (IND) 9%, John Cummins (FG) 8.5%.

12:35: With 71% of tallies completed in Tipp it’s Lowry 16%, Browne 12%, Mattie 10%, Kelly 9%, Cahill 9%

12:30: In Kilkenny, with 74% of boxes tallied, Kathleen Funchion (SF) leads the way at 24%, Jennifer Murnane O’Connor is at 17%, John McGuinness (FF) is at 14%, Pat Deering (FG) holds 11%, while Bobby Alyward clings onto the last seat with 7% of the tallied vote.

12:22: In Wexford, tallies show that Johnny Mythen (SF) is at 25.93%, James Browne (FF) is at 14.66%, Malcolm Byrne (FF) is at 12.20%, Michael D’Arcy (FG) is at 11.18% and Paul Kehoe FG is at 10.81%. Labour leader Brendan Howlin is in serious trouble at 5.8%. 90% of boxes have been tallied.

12:16: Meanwhile in the near-future…

12:12: What’s the last thing you’d expect to see at a count centre? It’s gotta be a Stag Party. Ohh, wait…

12:06: Kathleen Funchion’s dad, Phil, outlines why he thinks Sinn Fein are doing so well.

11:40 am: In Dublin, Sinn Féin supporters are in jovial spirits, singing Come Out Ye’ Black and Tans.

11:35 am: In Waterford, we’re just past the 70% mark of the first Tally and David Cullinane is still top of the polls.

11:33 am: Boxes continue to be opened in the Carlow Kilkenny Constituency at Lyrath Hotel. Earlier tallies – with 92 Carlow boxes opened – showed Jennifer Murnane O’Connor on 31%, Kathleen Funchion on 26% and Pat Deering on 19%. It seems the exit poll was correct in that constituency, with Sinn Fein coming out on top.

11:16 am: Tipp tallies also show that deceased candidate, Marese Skeehan, received 76 votes so far.

11:13 am: Tallies are showing Lowry in first position in Tipperary with 16% of the vote, Browne is second with 12%, and McGrath third with 11%.

11:10 am: 92 Carlow boxes opened as of 11am. Jennifer Murnane O’Connor is at 31.25%, Kathleen Funchion at 26.45% and Pat Deering at 19.46%

10:47 am: Here’s the latest and most comprehensive Waterford tally. As it stands, David Cullinane (SF) is heading the count, followed by Mary Butler (FF) and John Cummins (FG).

10:46 am: 22% of the boxes have been tallied in Tipperary, and Beat’s Kevin Galvin says early tallies show Michael Lowry in an expected lead on 16%, with Sinn Féin’s Martin Browne – who lost his local council seat in 2019 – just four per cent behind. Mattie McGrath is on 11%, Jackie Cahill follows with 10% and Alan Kelly on 8% currently make up the remaining three seats, but it looks early on like something resembling the 2016 election, with a dogfight for the four seats left after Lowry is elected.

There have however been problems tallying some areas, notably Carrick-on-Suir, with turned and crumpled papers making things extremely difficult for the tallymen and women trying to build an early picture in the South-East of the county.

An early Tipp Tally

10:26 am: In Waterford, one Sinn Fein candidate is miles ahead. Here’s what Aoife had to say:

10:13 am Some early tallies from Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipp.

10:10 am: In Waterford,  some early figures in the first count of the Comeragh Electoral indicating a strong lead for Sinn Féin’s David Cullinane. Early figures have him at 34.4%. He’s followed by independent Matt Shanahan on 17.3% and Fianna Fáil’s Mary Butler on 16.5%. Fine Gael’s two candidates are next on the list with John Cummins on 9.8% and Damien Geoghegan on 7.8%.

10 am: Good morning! After clast night’s shock Ipsos MRBI Exit Poll result, politicians will be grappling to come to terms with what is sure to be a count day full of surprise. Stay up to date right here as Beat reporters bring every major update from the South East’s four count centres.

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