Seanad elections

  • Counting will resume today in the Seanad elections, after three Fianna Fail candidates were elected to the Seanad last night through the agricultural panel.

    Paul Daly, Niall Blaney and Denis O'Donovan all exceeded the quota as well as Independent Victor Boyhan.

    Eleven candidates will be elected to this panel, with the quota at over 94,000.

    Former Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy would appear to be well-placed to take a seat - he's at 91,165 votes, while outgoing Mayo Senator Paddy Burke is on 90,000 and Mayo SF Councillor Gerry Murray is on 73,000.

  • Counting of votes in the Seanad elections gets underway this afternoon, to fill 43 of the 60 seats from vocational panels.

    A further 6 seats will be filled from the university panels, with counting for those to start tomorrow. The count takes place at Dublin Castle.

    The five successful candidates on the cultural and educational panel are expected to be announced late tonight.The final 11 senators to make up the 26th Seanad will be announced by the incoming Taoiseach of the next government.

    A total of 7 Mayo-based candidates are bidding to win Seanad seats

    Castlebar’s Lisa Chambers of Fianna Fáil, who lost her Dáil seat last month, is running for one of the five seats on the Cultural and Educational Panel.
    Also standing for that panel are two more unsuccessful Dáil candidates, Achill’s Saoirse McHugh of the Green Party and Knock’s Paul Lawless of Aontú.

    Councillor Patsy O’Brien is contesting the Industrial and Commercial Panel as an Independent candidate.

    Charlestown’s Gerry Murray, a Sinn Féin county councillor, is bidding to take a seat on the Agricultural Panel, along with outgoing Mayo senator, Paddy Burke.
    Meanwhile, Castlebar businesswoman Anne Staunton Barrett is bidding to win one of the three seats on the NUI panel.


    Two other Mayo natives are also seeking Seanad seats.

    Claremorris native, Dublin-based FG Senator Catherine Noone is seeking a seat on the Industrial & Commercial Panel, while the Green Party's Pippa Hackett, a native of Ballindine, is bidding for a seat on the Agricultural Panel.






  • A number of councillors from the West are bidding for seats on the Seanad's Industrial & Commercial panel.

    34 candidates are in the mix, with 9 seats to be filled on this panel.

    Mayo Councillor Patsy O'Brien is running as an Independent candidate, as is Roscommon Councillor Nigel Dineen.

    After the first count today, Patsy O'Brien is on 20,000 votes - well short of the quota of 113,501.

    Councillor Dineen is on 35,000 votes.

    Galway's Niall O'Tuathaill is polling very well on 88,000 votes, while Galway city councillor Ollie Crowe of FF is on 64,000 and Independent Galway County Councillor Pat Hynes has just 17,000 votes.

    Over half of the seats in the new Seanad have now been filled, while 11 Senators will be appointed by the new Taoiseach.

  • Galway City Councillor Ollie Crow has been elected to the Seanad on the Industrial and Commercial panel. The Fianna Faol councillor exceeded the quota on the 26th count.

    Two other Galway contenders failed to secure seats on this panel Independent cllr Pat Hynes and Social Democrat’s Niall O'Tuathail

    Galway councillor Thomas Welby remains in contention for a Seanad seat today on the Administration panel.

    The Seanad Election count continues with all except the Administration panel complete .

    Today will be the final count with seven seats to be filled.

    The incoming Taoiseach will nominate the final 11. 

    It is understood Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar has told his parliamentary party that any government coalition deal would seek to ensure the 11 taoiseach nominations for the Seanad would be mostly,if not all women. 

    That could be good news for outgoing Mayo Senator, Ballina based Michelle Mulherin and cllr Aisling Dolan in Ballinasloe– they are among potential FG contenders.

    Green party cllr Galway city's Pauline O’Reilly was elected to the Labour panel yesterday, former Galway TD Sean Kyne was the first senator elected earlier this week. He joins the Cultural and Educational panel.

    Former Mayo Fianna Fail TD Lisa Chambers also successfully secured a seat on that panel.

    Outgoing Galway Senator Gerard Craughwell was re-elected to the Labour panel.

    Long serving Mayo Fine Gael senator Paddy Burke and former Roscommon/Galway TD Eugene Murphy both secured seats on the Agricultural panel.


  • 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

  • Counting will take place today to elect Senators to the Industrial & Commercial panel.

    Mayo County Councillor Patsy O'Brien is bidding for a seat on this panel as an Independent candidate, while Claremorris native, Dublin-based Senator Catherine Noone is also contesting this panel.

    So far, two Mayo Senators have been elected to the new Seanad - Fianna Fail's Lisa Chambers and FG Senator Paddy Burke.

    Ballindine native Pippa Hackett who lives in Co Offaly was also elected to the Agricultural panel.

  • As focus now switches to the Seanad elections, 7 Mayo candidates are bidding for seats in the Upper House.

    Fianna Fail's Lisa Chambers, who lost her Dail seat last month, is contesting the Cultural & Educational Panel - alongside Aontu's Paul Lawless and Saoirse McHugh of the Green Party who were both unsuccessful in the general election in Mayo.

    FG Councillor Patsy O'Brien is bidding for a seat on the Industrial & Commercial Panel.

    Sinn Fein Councillor Gerry Murray is seeking a seat on the Agricultural Panel, alongside outgoing Mayo Senator Paddy Burke.

    Castlebar businesswoman Anne Staunton Barrett is bidding for a seat on the NUI panel, while Castlebar-based Kamal Uddin was unsuccessful in efforts to be nominated by the Labour Party to run for the Industrial & Commercial panel.

    A number of outgoing Mayo senators are not contesting the elections - including FG's Michelle Mulherin and John O'Mahoney, Keith Swanick of Fianna Fail, and Rose Conway-Walsh who was elected to the Dail.

    In total, there are 60 seats in the Seanad.

    49 senators are elected, while 11 are nominated by the incoming Taoiseach.