Outgoing Minister of State Sean Kyne looks likely to be elected to the Seanad when the 14th count on the Cultural and Educational vocational panel resumes shortly.
The former Galway West TD was just over eight votes short of the quota when counting stopped shortly before midnight last night.
Former Fianna Fáil TD in Mayo Lisa Chambers, currently in fourth position on 144 votes is also expected to take a seat.
According to today’s Irish Times, Fine Gael is predicted to win two seats, Sinn Féin one, and Fianna Fáil will take the remaining two, unless high profile Green Party candidate, Mayo’s Saoirse McHugh, currently in fifth place, gets a big transfer from Independent Waterford Cllr Joe Conway.
Mayo’s Paul Lawless of Aontu was eliminated from the count early in proceedings yesterday.
When counting of votes on the Cultural and Educational panel is completed the sorting of votes for the Agriculture panel, with 25 candidates contesting 11 seats gets underway. Sinn Fein’s Gerry Murray and FG’s Paddy Burke are contesting for seats here, together with Ballindine native Pippa Hackett.
Counting of votes on the National University of Ireland (NUI) and Trinity College panels also starts later today for three seats each and could take up to three days. Castlebar based Ann Staunton Barrett is contending on this panel.
Independent Patsy O’Brien is looking for a seat on the Industrial and Commercial panel, as is Claremorris native Catherine Noone