Tuesday September 22, 2020

Shane Ross, Joan Burton and Regina Doherty lose seats

Tallies suggest a number of high-profile politicians are unlikely to return to the Dáil

Gillian Nelis

Managing Editor

@gnelis
9th February, 2020
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Shane Ross, the Minister for Sport, has lost his seat in Dublin Rathdown. Picture: Brian Lawless/PA

Shane Ross

Shane Ross was eliminated on the fifth count in Dublin Rathdown. The Minister for Sport and outgoing Independent Alliance TD topped the poll on his last time out, but polled just 3,419 first preference votes this time round. Catherine Martin of the Greens won 8,958 first-preference votes and was the first to be elected. The remaining two seats will be contested by Neale Richmond and Josepha Madigan of Fine Gael, Sinn Féin‘s Sorcha Nic Cormaic and Shay Brennan of Fianna Fáil.

Joan Burton

The first count in Dublin West confirmed that Labour‘s Joan Burton had a disastrous election, polling only 2,096 first preference votes. The former tánaiste and party leader lost her seat on the fifth count. She was first elected to the Dáil in 1992. She lost her seat in 1997 but regained it in 2002.

Regina Doherty

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty of Fine Gael was eliminated on the sixth count in Meath East. She had come in fourth place on first preferences, with 10 per cent of the vote. Her party colleague Helen McEntee retained her seat in the constituency.

Lisa Chambers

Lisa Chambers, Fianna Fáil’s Brexit spokeswoman, lost her seat in Mayo. Alan Dillon took the fourth seat for Fine Gael, after party colleague Michael Ring, Rose Conway-Walsh of Sinn Féin and Dara Calleary of Fianna Fáil.

Stephen Donnelly

With a full tally completed in the five seat Wicklow constituency, Fianna Fáil’s Stephen Donnelly looks to be in danger on 7.7 per cent. He is being significantly out-polled by his former Social Democrats colleague Jennifer Whitmore on 10.1 per cent.

Others

Fine Gael‘s Kate O’Connell is at risk of losing her seat in Dublin Bay South

Fine Gael’s Kate O’Connell and Minister for Children Katherine Zappone will not be returning to the Dáil. Noel Rock of Fine Gael has said he does not expect to win the last seat in Dublin North West.

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