With the elimation of Brophy on the 25th count of the Seanad Industrial and Commercial Panel that by my reckoning guarantees the election of SF’s 3rd Senator, Kathryn Reilly. As one of only three ‘inside’ candidates left she joins Trevor O’Cloctaraigh and David Cullinane in tripling SF’s representation on a Seanad their party wants abolished (others share the view and it is very possible).
Sinn Fein’s other candidate, Eoin O’Broin, has admitted his showing in the NUI panel was poor but for the party three from four is a sound return.
In other northern interest Jeff Dudgeon was knocked out at the 10th count for the TCD panel – though informed sources believe he may finally make it through as a Taoiseach pick.
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