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.