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.