Live coverage of the general election count in Castlebar
On the seventh and final count - Dara Calleary and Alan Dillon have been elected to fill the final two seats in Mayo alongside Michael Ring and Rose Conway-Walsh.
Mayo - Count 7Dara Calleary (FF ) 13,636 +2506Lisa Chambers (FF ) 8,911 +548Alan Dillon (FG ) 10,977 +3,329Dara Calleary elected passing the quota, Alan Dillon elected without reaching the quota#GE2020— Mayo Advertiser (@MayoAdvert ) February 10, 2020
Fine Gael's Michelle Mulherin eliminated on the sixth count and her votes will be distributed in the seventh count
Mayo - Count 6Calleary (FF ) 11,130 + 701Chambers (FF ) 8,363 + 988Dillon (FG ) 7,648 + 1,095Mulherin (FG ) 7,427 + 831Mulherin eliminated and her 7,247 votes to be distributed in the seventh count #GE2020— Mayo Advertiser (@MayoAdvert ) February 10, 2020
Green Party candidate Saoirse McHugh eliminated on the fifth count in Castlebar - here 6,036 votes will be distributed now
Count 5 - Mayo #GE2020 Calleary (FF ) 10,429 +555Chambers (FF ) 7,375 +313Dillon (FG ) 6,553 +438McHugh (GP ) 6036 +651Mulherin (FG ) 6,596 +311McHugh eliminated her votes distributed on next count— Mayo Advertiser (@MayoAdvert ) February 9, 2020
Paul Lawless was eliminated on count four in Castlebar and his 3,375 votes will make up count five
Count 4 - Mayo Calleary (FF ) 9,874 +203Chambers (FF ) 7,062 +207Dillon (FG ) 6,115 + 171Lawless (AON ) 3,375 + 521McHugh (GP ) 5,385 +735Mulherin (FG ) 6,285 +240Lawless - eliminated and his 3,375 votes to be counted in count five #GE2020— Mayo Advertiser (@MayoAdvert ) February 9, 2020
Calleary looks on course to hold onto his seat, Paul Lawless looks to be next up to be eliminated - the battle for the last seat will be a tight one. Chambers leads Mulherin by 810, Dillon by 911 and McHugh by 2,225 #GE2020— Mayo Advertiser (@MayoAdvert ) February 9, 2020
Once again nobody was elected on count three in Mayo from Rose Conway-Walsh's surplus
Seven candidates were eliminated on this count.
Mayo Count 3 - 1/2 Conway Walsh Surplus Calleary 9671+294 Chambers 6855 + 208Daly 1072 + 321DeBarra 119 +30Dillon 5944 +121Forkin 82 +19Lawless 2854 +192Loftus 670 + 75Manning 82 + 14McHugh 4630 +309Mulherin 6045 +116O’Fallamhain 279 +27Uddin 308 +36— Mayo Advertiser (@MayoAdvert ) February 9, 2020
Mayo Count 3 - 2/2Daly, DeBarra, Forkin, Loftus, Manning, O’Fallamhain, Uddin - eliminated on this count.— Mayo Advertiser (@MayoAdvert ) February 9, 2020
Nobody elected or eliminated on Michael Ring's surplus on to Rose Conway-Walsh's surplus.
Count 2 - Ring surplus Calleary 9377 +214Chambers 6647 +274Daly 751 +30DeBarra 89 +5Dillon 5823 +625Forkin 63 +4Lawless 2,662 +88Loftus 595 +21Manning 68 +3McHugh 4321 +144Mulherin 5929 +494O’Fallamhain 252 +6Uddin 272 +17Nobody elected - Conway Walsh surplus 1762— Mayo Advertiser (@MayoAdvert ) February 9, 2020
Ring and Conway Walsh go in on first count
Mayo Count 1Calleary: 9163Chambers: 6373Conway-Walsh: 14633* Daly: 721DeBarra: 84Dillon: 5198Forkin: 88Lawless: 2574Loftus: 574Manning: 65McHugh: 4177Mulherin: 5435Ó Fallamhái: 246Ring: 14796*Uddin: 255Ring&Conway Walsh electedQuota: 12871 Ring surplus 1925— Mayo Advertiser (@MayoAdvert ) February 9, 2020
Sinn Fein surges in support in Mayo
The surge of support for Sinn Féin in Mayo has been the big talking point this morning in the count centre in Castlebar. Last summer - the party lost two of the three seats it held in Mayo County Council and saw it’s vote collapse, but they have rebounded spectacularly in this general election.
Rose Conway-Walsh according to the tallies took 14,387 votes (22.54 per cent ) to finish just behind Fine Gael’s Michael Ring who got 14,448 (22.7 per cent ) when the tallies was completed.
Both candidates surpassed the vote that then sitting Taoiseach Enda Kenny got in the 2016 general election - although it must be remembered that Mayo was a smaller constituency then with a large chunk of south Mayo moved into Galway West.
Conway Walsh saw her vote increase by 7,937 from the 2016 election to storm up the polls. Fianna Fáil deputy leader Dara Calleary finished in third place according to the tallies getting 9,608 number ones a drop of 334 from four years ago.
His running mate Lisa Chambers looks to locked in a three way battle for the final seat with Fine Gael duo Michelle Mulherin and Alan Dillon. Chambers led the way on the tallies with 6,352 number one votes, with Mulherin behind her on 5,346 and Dillon on 5,114.
The Green Party candidate Saoirse McHugh who entered the election on the back of a strong showing in the European Elections finished in seventh place according to the tallies with 4,047 - but with the Conway-Walsh expected to have a surplus in the region of 1,600 she could pick up a good number of those and still have a big say in where the final seat goes.
Going by the tallies Sinn Fein's Rose Conway Walsh will double her vote and is on course to pass or get very close to the vote that Enda Kenny got in the 2016 General Election in Mayo #ge2020— Mayo Advertiser (@MayoAdvert ) February 9, 2020
The voting closed last night at 10pm and the exit poll conducted by Ipsos MRBI for RTE, The Irish Times, TG4 and UCD predicted that there was an almost statistical tie amongst Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin with all three parties getting around 22 per cent of the vote.
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There are four seats up for grabs in Mayo - three sitting TDs Fine Gael’s Michael Ring and Fianna Fáil duo Dara Calleary and Lisa Chambers are looking to retain the seats the won four years ago in a 15 strong field of candidates.
With former Taoiseach Enda Kenny stepping aside from politics there will be at least one new face taking their place in the 33rd Dáil.
We’ll be with you throughout the count in the Royal Theatre in Castlebar bringing you all the news and tallies through the morning.
Fine Gael in Mayo are running a live tally which you can keep count on online: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CBfXja-jXqwaUfrbPLq4Y2RJiVJlid9I8JrNz45Fjek/edit?usp=sharing