28 Jan 2022

Breathnach first past the post; Sinn Fein has the first female TD for Louth; while Fitzpatrick hangs on

The result

Breathnach tops poll; Sinn Fein has the first female TD for Louth; while Fitzpatrick hangs on

It’s the centenary of the Easter Rising and what better year for Sinn Fein to make history here in Louth.

Imelda Munster took a seat for the party and became the county’s first female TD.

Munster had 13.1 per cent share of the vote and 8,829 first preferences. Sinn Fein president and outgoing TD Gerry Adams had 15.8 per cent and 10,661 first preferences.

It was excellent vote management by the party whose share of the vote was 28.9 per cent.

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams thanked his family, his wife Colette and friends.

“I couldn’t do this without them and particularly the SF team here in Louth,” and the good people of Louth who have returned me and hopefully two TDs back to the Dail,” Mr Adams said.

“I'm satisfied with the job I did. Obviously you can improve. But we have increased our vote by 50 per cent. We have increased our representation. We’ll increase our Dail team by a mighty shade.

“This is another step in the realignment of politics across this state, this island and you’re going to see more of it in the time ahead.”

It was also a good day for Fine Gael as they held on to their two seats, going against the national trend.

The party had 19.5 per cent of the vote. Fergus O'Dowd took 10.1 per cent of the vote. He had 6.814 first preferences.

O’Dowd, who has proved himself a very able TD, held his own in Drogheda against Ged Nash and Sinn Fein’s Imelda Munster, and brother Michael O’Dowd who polled 2,095 first preferences.

Peter Fitzpatrick had 6,408 first preferences and 9.5 per cent of the vote. Fitzpatrick had 7,845 in 2011.

He won the fight for the last seat beating Labour's Ged Nash by just 292 votes.

Ged Nash had 4,945 first preferences, 7.3 per cent of the vote.

Labour's Mary Moran did not do as well as 2011. She had 1,198 first preferences. This compared with 4,546 in 2011.

Fianna Fail’s Declan Breathnach did well all over the county as Fianna Fail’s main runner. He had 9,099 first preferences, 13.5 per cent of the vote.

Emma Coffey of Fianna Fail was standing in her first election. She 3,422 first preferences, 5.1 per cent of the vote.

Breathnach is a man who has waited for his time. Seamus Kirk was not standing this time and Fianna Fail were expected to take at least one seat.

Fianna Fail's Emma Coffey, is new to politics but ran a very good campaign.

Breathnach is one of Louth’s most experienced county councillors and has led the way locally on issues such as fuel laundering, housing, roads, jobs and tourism.

Their party colleague, Fianna Fail councillor Conor Keelan said he was pleased with the way the campaign had gone for the party and that Declan Breathnach had held a seat.

He was also pleased with the showing of Emma Coffey.

For the Green Party Mark Dearey had 3,187 first preferences 4.7 per cent of the vote.

Garrett Weldon People Against Profit Weldon did brilliantly. He had 3,462 first preferences, 5.1 per cent of the vote.

Maeve Yore of Independent Alliance had 2,746 first preferences.

Kevin Callan, Independent Alliance, had 3,541 first preferences.

Turnout was 65.2 per cent. Quota 11,255.

Valid votes 67,529.

Electorate 104,696.

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