ELECTIONS 2019: FF and FG tied on six council seats each in Kilkenny as Michael Doyle is elected
FINALLY, after what seemed like an eternity, we have another elected member of Kilkenny County Council.
Inistioge-based Michael Doyle has been elected in the Callan-Thomastown area on the sixth count after 39 transfers from John Kelly pushed his vote up to 1,569.
But the result has sounded the election death knell for Cllr Doyle’s Inistioge neighbour, Sinn Féin’s David Kennedy, who has now lost his seat after being eliminated from the contest.
Cllr Doyle is expected to be joined by his party colleagues, Cllr Patrick O’Neill and first-time candidate Joe Lyons.
Then it’s set to be the mother of all battles between sitting councillor Breda Gardner and Fianna Fail’s Deirdre Cullen for the sixth and final seat in Callan-Thomastown. However, Cllr Gardner faces an uphill battle as she currently trails her FF rival by 164 votes.,
As things currently stand, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil each have six seats on the new local authority, with Labour (2) and the Greens’ Malcolm Noonan making up the rest of the elected members.
Kilkenny County Council 2019 – Your Elected Members (and first preference votes)
Pat Fitzpatrick (FF) – 2,249
Mary Hilda Kavanagh (FG) – 1,955
Michael McCarthy (FF) – 1,951
John Brennan (FG) – 1,493
Michael Delaney (FF) – 936
Denis Hynes (Labour) – 1,407
Andrew McGuinness (FF) – 1,860
Malcolm Noonan (Green) – 1,485
Joe Malone (FF) – 1,271
David Fitzgerald (FG) – 1,236
Peter ‘Chap’ Cleere (FF) – 1,949
Matt Doran (FF) – 1,839
Michael Doyle (FG) – 1,378
Pat Dunphy (FG) – 1,579
Tomás Breathnach (Labour) – 1,516