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Saturday 1 February 2020

Constituency: Dún Laoghaire


Electorate Seats Total Poll Turnout Valid Poll Spoiled Votes Quota
92,248 3 59,639 64.65% 59,238 401 14,810
Séan Barrett

Séan Barrett (Former Ceann Comhairle automatically elected)

Fine Gael

Fine Gael TD Sean Barrett was Ceann Comhairle of the 31st Dáil. The Dun Laoghaire politician is the only TD who does not have to contest his seat. A Ceann Comhairle is deemed automatically to be re-elected by their constituency at a general election, unless they are retiring. Mr Barrett introduced the National Bravery Awards during his term as Ceann Comhairle. He also played a central role in establishing the North South Inter Parliamentary Association. During his career in national politics Mr Barrett served as Government Chief Whip and Minister for Sport in the Garrett Fitzgerald Government and Minister for Defence and the Marine in the Rainbow Government led by John Bruton.

Vote Distribution

Count 1

Elected

Count Results

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Mary Mitchell O'Connor Mary Mitchell O'Connor * FG 10817 11088 11130 11433 11967 12393 14941
Maria Bailey Maria Bailey FG 10489 10882 10934 11270 11854 12422 15198
Richard Boyd Barrett Richard Boyd Barrett * PBPA 9775 10008 12215 13287 14761 15718
Mary Hanafin Mary Hanafin FF 6478 6709 6792 6986 7290 10221 10969
Carrie Smyth Carrie Smyth Lab 5192 5296 5385 5739 6895 7165
Cormac Devlin Cormac Devlin FF 4665 4877 5055 5265 5564
Ossian Smyth Ossian Smyth GP 3478 3677 3833 4750
Shane O'Brien Shane O'Brien SF 3167 3209
Carol Hunt Carol Hunt IA 3152 3410 3610
Frank Cronin Frank Cronin R 1812
Raymond Whitehead Raymond Whitehead DDI 213
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Mary Mitchell O'Connor Mary Mitchell O'Connor * FG 10817 11088 11130 11433 11967 12393 14941
Maria Bailey Maria Bailey FG 10489 10882 10934 11270 11854 12422 15198
Richard Boyd Barrett Richard Boyd Barrett * PBPA 9775 10008 12215 13287 14761 15718
Mary Hanafin Mary Hanafin FF 6478 6709 6792 6986 7290 10221 10969
Carrie Smyth Carrie Smyth Lab 5192 5296 5385 5739 6895 7165
Cormac Devlin Cormac Devlin FF 4665 4877 5055 5265 5564
Ossian Smyth Ossian Smyth GP 3478 3677 3833 4750
Shane O'Brien Shane O'Brien SF 3167 3209
Carol Hunt Carol Hunt IA 3152 3410 3610
Frank Cronin Frank Cronin R 1812
Raymond Whitehead Raymond Whitehead DDI 213

Constituency Review

Dun Laoghaire saw Fine Gael buck a national trend and secure three of the four seats in the constituency.

Richard Boyd Barrett ultimately topped the poll in the constituency having been very transfer friendly, but it was six counts before he managed to get over the line.

Prior to this, candidates from the Fianna Fail, Labour, the Green Party, Renua Ireland, Sinn Fein, Independents and Direct Democracy Ireland had fallen by the wayside.

Fine Gael ultimately have secured three out of the available four seats in the constituency, which is a remarkable coup given how they fared across the country.

With Sean Barrett having already gotten a bye before the party’s disastrous showing at the polls, Fine Gael were bound to get at least two seats – but three?

Early tallies indicated that the Fine Gael duo of Bailey and Mitchell O’Connor and PBP’s Boyd Barrett would take some beating, and that proved to be the case.

Ms Mitchell O’Connor said it had been a tough day for the party, but maintained she was pleased to have both retained her seat and seen another female candidate elected in her constituency.

She gave her backing to under fire party leader Enda Kenny.

Fine Gael’s success here undeniably bucked a national trend and even defeated Fianna Fail candidate Mary Hanafin knew it.

She said that Fine Gael’s vote management strategy in the constituency had been “impeccable” while admitting that herself and fellow Fianna Fail candidate, Cormac Devlin hadn’t had one.

The former cabinet heavyweight was gracious in defeat, praising her former pupil and elected Fine Gael candidate, Maria Bailey.

Consummately professional, Ms Hanafin said, “[she was] a past pupil of mine – I’m glad I taught her so well.”

Fianna Fail will be left wondering what might have been after the plan to run two candidates ultimately backfired with both their candidates failing to win the party back seats in lost in 2011.

Cormac Devlin, while praising party leader Micheal Martin, once again questioned the sense of running two candidates in the constituency.

He, like Hanafin, was positive in defeat saying, that while it hadn’t been Fianna Fail’s day in the constituency, nationally it had been an utter success.

The day in Dun Laoghaire ultimately belonged to Boyd Barrett, who was elected on the same count that Labour candidate, Carrie Smyth was eliminated.

“It’s genuinely humbling to have the trust and respect of the people of Dun Laoghaire,” Boyd Barrett said.

He speculated that Fianna Fail and Fine Gael would make up the next government, but would not speculate on its longevity.

Triumphant, he said, “we knew Labour were going to suffer very serious retribution from the electorate from what has gone on in the last five years”.

He was right.

Sean Barrett, Richard Boyd Barrett, Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Maria Bailey took the four seats and secured their places in the next Dail.

On the Ballot

Richard Boyd Barrett

Richard Boyd Barrett (Outgoing)

People Before Profit Alliance

Following two unsuccessful bids in 2002 and 2007, Richard Boyd Barrett (47) was elected to the Dáil in 2011. He is a founding member of the People Before Profit Alliance., and has campaigned against austerity measures, water charges, as well as the bank bailouts and National Asset Management Agency (NAMA). Prior to taking his seat in Dáil Éireann, the left-wing activist was elected to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in 2009.

Mary Mitchell O'Connor

Mary Mitchell O'Connor (Outgoing)

Fine Gael

Mary Mitchell O’Connor (56) was elected as TD for Dún Laoghaire in 2011. She received 16 pc of first preference votes as a first time candidate for Fine Gael. The 56-year-old was first elected to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council as a Progressive Democrat in 2004. She later joined Fine Gael in 2007. She is a member of a number of committees, including the Committee on Health and Children and the Sub-Committee on Children and Youth Affairs. Among the issues Deputy O’Connor focuses on are education, domestic violence, childcare and improved support for small businesses.

Mary Hanafin

Mary Hanafin

Fianna Fáil

A long-standing member of Fianna Fáil, Mary Hanafin (57) first entered the Dáil in 1997 and was a TD until 2011 when she failed to get re-elected. The former TD has served as Government Chief Whip, Minister for Education, Minister for Social and Family Affairs, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, and as Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation. She was also briefly deputy leader of Fianna Fáil in 2011 before she lost her seat. Ms Hanafin was elected to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in 2014. As a councillor she claims not to take expenses but instead continues to draw her various state pensions accruing from her time in office.

Cormac Devlin

Cormac Devlin

Fianna Fáil

Cormac Devlin (35) has sat on the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council since 2004. When first elected, he was the youngest person ever to serve as councillor for the area. One of two Fianna Fáil candidates for Dun Laoghaire, Cllr Devlin threatened legal action if the party attempted to impose gender quotas during the nominations for who would run in the constituency. Involved in several community groups, the father-of-three wants to see rent allowance caps raised to help find accommodation for the homeless. He has also said that a tougher approach on crime is urgently needed.

Shane O'Brien

Shane O'Brien

Sinn Féin

The youngest candidate running in Dun Laoghaire, Shane O'Brien (29) was elected to the area’s local council in 2014 on his first attempt. He topped the poll for the Killiney-Shankill ward and took a seat on Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council with 12.77 pc of first preference votes. He has served on a number of local committees and says his top priority is ensuring that the needs of those living and working in the Dún Laoghaire constituency are met in a socially, economically and equitable manner.

Maria Bailey

Maria Bailey

Fine Gael

Maria Bailey (39) has been a member of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council since she was 27. First elected in 2004 for Fine Gael, the mother-of-two took her seat on the same day as her father John Bailey. A sufferer of migraines since she was 16-years-old, Cllr Bailey has been an avid campaigner in promoting awareness of the condition. Ms Bailey cites her areas of interest as planning, job creation and housing. She says that any future housing policy should support both private and social units.

Carrie Smyth

Carrie Smyth

Labour

Labour’s Carrie Smyth (43) was co-opted to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in 2003 following the death of her late father Frank Smyth. A sitting member ever since, the popular councillor has more than a decade of experience dealing with issues close to voters in the constituency. This will be Cllr Smyth’s first general election campaign, and among her key issues is finding a solution to the housing shortage that both satisfies those in need of social housing and those looking to buy.

Ossian Smyth

Ossian Smyth

The Green Party

Ossian Smyth has been a Green Party councillor for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council since 2014. He is the Party’s Spokesperson for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, and works as a technical project manager at St Vincent’s Hospital. His campaign seeks to improve qualify of life in the Dun Laoghaire constituency, and includes a pledge to maintain roads, investment in public transport and local schools, and protecting areas such as beaches and parks from development. Cllr Smyth also wants to reform the rental sector so tenants have more rights and a better understanding of how and when their rent will rise.

Frank Cronin

Frank Cronin

Renua Ireland

Running for Renua Ireland in Dun Laoghaire, Frank Cronin (53) is among a handful of the party’s general election candidates willing to back the idea of changing Ireland’s abortion laws. On the issue, Mr Cronin favours change and says that there should be an open debate on the matter. The former chief executive for Newstalk and the Sunday Tribune said that he wants to see the Dun Laoghaire turned into a hub for business, saying there was a lot of potential to develop several areas in the constituency to better promote local job creation. This is Mr Cronin’s first time running for election and, also, his first time attaching his name to a political party.

Carol Hunt

Carol Hunt

Independent Alliance

A native to Blackrock, Carol Hunt (48) is running as a candidate under the Independent Alliance banner. The Sunday Independent journalist is a regular media panellist and is a passionate advocate for reproductive rights. A top priority for her campaign is setting a date a referendum on repealing the 8th Amendment. Other key issue for her include mental health, debt forgiveness, child poverty, Dáil reform, and protecting the most vulnerable in society.

Raymond Whitehead

Raymond Whitehead

Direct Democracy Ireland

The founder of Direct Democracy Ireland, Raymond Whitehead run unsuccessfully in numerous local, general and European elections over the years. Based in Sandyford, the former Independent seeks to introduce 'direct democracy' - whereby TDs would be directly answerable to their constituencies and face recalls if they prove unpopular. State policy too would be voted on by the public. DDI also calls for citizen-lead referendums, where anyone who gathered enough signatures could force a referendum.


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