The other Irish [by]election

The Irish Times reports the preliminary results tallies at the Dublin West byelection.

Labour councillor Patrick Nulty is expected to win the Dublin West byelection following completion of tallies at the Citywest count centre in Saggart, Co Dublin.

With a turnout of 49 per cent, Cllr Nulty is on 24.3 per cent (8,491 votes) after 100 per cent of tallies have been counted.

While there has been no official count yet, the councillor (28), who works for a homeless charity, has already been congratulated by party colleagues and opponents.

Fianna Fáil Cllr David McGuinness has 21.7 per cent of the tallies with an estimated 7,575 votes, while Socialist party Cllr Ruth Coppinger is in third place with 21 per cent (7,337 votes) and Fine Gael Cllr Eithne Loftus is trailing in fourth place with 14.8 per cent (5,167 votes) – down on the party’s 27.9 per cent showing in the general election.

Sinn Féin candidate Paul Donnelly is on 9 per cent based on the tallies with 3,128 votes, up almost 3 per cent on his showing in February.

Green party candidate Roderic O’Gorman polled about 5 per cent of the votes (1,759), well up on his poor 1.42 per cent general election result.

Update  The Irish Times has an updated report, and the actual figures, and eliminations, from the Dublin West constituency count, where a recount is underway.

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  • Is there anybody out there (politics.ie are worse than a cartload of frogs) able to give a shrewd account of what is going on?

    Nulty is home, hosed, and dry by all accounts. FF’s McGuinness (this could get confusing) and Ms Coppinger (one surely to watch) are quibbling over a handful of votes for second place. The rest, notably FG, are nowhere. Agreed?

    And so?

    I’m trying to make sense of this one vis-a-vis last February. And — I have to confess — so far it makes little sense at all.

    But FF without a single TD in Dublin! Who’d a-thunk it?

  • Jimmy Sands

    I don’t see why anyone is surprised. This is essentially a Labour constituency, the only surprise is how well FF held up, no doubt a personal reflection on the late incumbent. Incidentally I believe this is Labour’s first by-election win for 35 years.

  • Jimmy Sands @ 9:11 pm:

    Ho-hum: this former member of Dublin North Central branch of the Irish Labour Party retains a vague concept — mainly via the 37 bus — of the demography of the present Dublin West constituency.

    Now can you give us an analysis or observation? Because, at the moment, there are indications of some further earth shifting.

  • Pete Baker

    Update The Irish Times has an updated report, and the actual figures, and eliminations, from the Dublin West constituency count, where a recount is underway.

  • Jimmy Sands

    Malcolm, I’m just going by the Feb result in which Labour polled highest. I defer to your knowledge on the ground.