Elections 2019 – LIVE

Counting had now been completed in the 2019 local elections in Clare.

28 candidates have been elected, with 13 of those going to Fianna Fàil.  Eight Fine Gael candidates were elected, along with five Independents and one each for Sinn Féin and the Green Party.

Here, you can re-live action as it happened.  Thanks for listening.


8:43 p.m. – It’s all over.

Gerry Flynn has been declared as the 7th candidate elected in the Shannon Electoral area.  The re-checking of votes found that both he and FIne Gae’s Garret McPhillips have finished level.  He is the 28th and final Councillor to be elected to Clare County Council in the 2019 Local Elections.

8:28 p.m. – the full recount has been ongoing for the past while.  Any potential discrepancies that have been found have now been brought to a table in the centre of the counting area, and the candidates and some of their colleagues have been invited to see them up close.

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Here is Mary Howard FG reaction from last night’s results;

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18:04 p.m. – The Latest update in across the European Tally,



18:03 p.m. – The latest update in Kilrush,


18:02 p.m – The Latest from the Ennistymon,


17:55 p.m – The latest from the Killaloe area,


17:50 p.m. – The latest in the Shannon area,


17:48 p.m. – The Latest in the Ennis area,



3:42 p.m. – The latest in the Killaloe electoral area,


2:42 p.m. – While this is the latest in Kilrush.


2:40 p.m. – In Killaloe, unsurprisingly, Councillor Joe Cooney is on course to top the poll once more.  His Fine Gael running mates, in particular Whitegate’s Pat Burke, will be hoping that his surplus can lift their totals.


1:53 p.m. – Our first tallies are now available for the Kilrush area.  Nearly 40% of boxes are opened.  kilrush

1:49 p.m. – Nearly half of the Killaloe area boxes have now been tallied.


1:44 p.m. – COMPLETE Tally for Ennis.  A very close race is building up for the final two seats it seems.



12:38 p.m. – COMPLETE TALLY.  Votes from the Ennistymon area have all now been tallied.


12:20 p.m. – And this is how the people of Clare have voted in the European elections, so far.


12:12 p.m. – The latest tally in Ennistymon shows a big resurgence for Joe Garrihy.


12:08 p.m. – The latest in the Ennis area.  The unopened boxes are all in polling stations located within the town.

11:46 a.m. – A short time ago, this was the state of play as regards party share.  The figures, remember, are only tallies and will evolve greatly throughout the day.

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11:30 a.m. – Overall levels of turnout are expected to be around 55%, but we’ve yet to get exact figures.

11:25 a.m. – 21 of 41 boxes have now been tallied in Ennis

Paul Murphy, FG 938
Clare Colleran Molloy, FF 650
Mary Howard, FG 608
Johnny Flynn, FG 548
Mark Nestor, FF 539
Pat Daly, FF 528
Ann Norton, IND 419
Frank Cullinan, IND 401
Dermot Hayes, IND 329
Alfonso D’Auria, IND 318
Seamus Ryan, Lab 199
Donna-Deirdre McGettigan, SF 156
Amanda Major, IND 84
Chris Kirwan, SD 55
Anderw Hakizimana, IND 36

11:19 a.m. – 14 of 30 boxes have now been tallied in the Ennistymon area:

Shane Talty, FF 843
Joe Killeen, FF 677
Roisin Garvey, Greens 629
Bill Slattery, FG 480
Martin O’Loghlen, FF 342
Joe Garrihy, FG 297
Noeleen Moran, SF 235

10:52 a.m. – A lot of boxes are being opened now.  We’ll have a lot of tallies coming your way shortly, and we’ve an on-air update at 11 a.m. too.

10:26 a.m. – One difference this year is that there are no loud thudding noises when the ballot boxes are opened.  Here in Clare, the old metal boxes have been replaced with larger plastic versions.

2019 Election Ballot Boxes


For this count, the counters’ tables have also been lengthened to deal with the European election ballot paper, some 2ft long.

10:21 a.m. – Six of 30 boxes have now been tallied in the Ennistymon area, namely Boston, Cloonanaga, Clooney, Furglann, Toonagh and Tubber.

Shane Talty, FF 363
Roisin Garvey, Greens 210
Joe Killeen, FF 159
Bill Slattery, FG 144
Martin O’Loghlen, FF 99
Noeleen Moran, SF 92
Joe Garrihy, FG 57

10:10 a.m. – With 5 boxes tallied in the Ennis area, so far, the situation stands as follows:

Pat Daly, FF 154
Clare Colleran Molloy, FF 134
Mary Howard, FG 130
Frank ‘Pinky’ Cullinan, IND 118
Paul Murphy, FG 109
Mark Nestor, FF 97
Ann Norton, IND 85
Dermot Hayes, IND 75
Johnny Flynn, FG 74
Alfonso D’Auria, IND 66
Seamus Ryan, Lab 46
Andre Hakizimana, IND 22
Donna Deirdre McGettigan, SF 21
Chris Kirwan, SD 17
Amanda Major, IND 12

The boxes tallied are the postal votes, Toonagh NS, Inch NS, Holy Family NS Box 3, and Doora N.S. Box 2

9:57 a.m. – Our first on air update is coming shortly.

9:33 a.m. – The tallying proccess is well underway, but is expected to last for several hours.  The first indications coming through are for the Ennis and Ennistymon areas, and we understand that the boxes for those areas will be opened first, before moving onto Killaloe, Kilrush and Shannon.  Therefore, it could be late morning or even into the afternoon before the first tallies for those areas become available.

9:25 a.m. – The same exit poll predicted Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael will be neck-to-neck on 23% support in the local elections. Sinn Féin’s support is measured at 12%, and the Greens have also fared well here at 9%. Labour are on 6%, Social Democrats on 3% and Independents are on 15%. The remaining support are for parties or groupings that are not fielding candidates in Clare.

The margin of error here is +/- 3%, and in a local elections where local, rather than national issues, are likely to have dominated in the minds of many voters, the result in Clare are likely to be very different when all 28 Councillors are elected.

9:18 a.m. – Last night saw the publication of an RTÉ/TG4 Exit Poll that has predicted a very strong election performance for the Green Party.  Their candidate Ciaran Cuffe is on course to top the poll in Dublin, and both Grace O’Sullivan and Saoirse McHugh are in with strong chances of winning seats in their respective constituencies too.

In Ireland South, where the people of Clare voted, the constituency the poll (carried out by Red C) suggests the following results.

Sean Kelly, FG                          16%
Liadh Ní Riada, SF                    13%
Billy Kelleher, FF                       13%
Grace O’Sullivan, Greens           12%
Mick Wallace, I4C                     10%
Malcolm Byrne, FF                     9%
Deirdre Clune, FG                      9%
Andrew Doyle, FG                      4%
Sheila Nunan, Lab                      3%

The margin of error is +/- 4%.