Cork North-Central results: Fine Gael’s Colm Burke elected on 14th count
Mick Barry (S-PBP) the only outgoing TD to be re-elected to constituency
Thomas Gould of Sinn Féin is elected in Cork North Central. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Fine Gael Senator Colm Burke has made it to Dáil Eireann, winning the third seat in Cork North-Central some 38 years after he first contested the constituency for the party.
Mr Burke was elected on the 14th count when he picked up 1,532 transfers from Green Party candidate Oliver Moran to take him to 10,649 – some 293 votes over the quota of 10,356.
Joining Mr Burke in representing the consituency is Thomas Gould (SF), Padraig O’Sullivan (FF) and outgoing TD Mick Barry (S-PBP).
Mr Barry polled 3,703 first preference votes and picked up 1,459 transfers from Mr Gould to leapfrog ahead of Independent candidate Kenneth O’Flynn (son of former Fianna Fáil TD Noel O’Flynn) on the second count.
Mr Barry stayed ahead of Mr O’Flynn all the way to the 14th count. The distribution of Mr Moran’s vote saw the margin widen to 2,349, allowing the outgoing TD to take the last seat without reaching the quota.
An emotional Mr Burke (63) was flanked by his wife, Mary McCaffrey, as he was congratulated by Tánaiste Simon Coveney and former Fine Gael TD Bernard Allen.
“Personally, I am delighted – there was such a team effort made by the organisation and working as a team we delivered the votes and delivered the seat for Fine Gael in Cork North-Central,” he said.
Mr Burke ran in last November’s byelection caused by the election of Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher to the European Parliament. While he increased Fine Gael’s share of the vote to 20 per cent, he failed to take the seat.
Radio host and former Fine Gael minister Ivan Yates predicted that Mr Burke would not win a seat in Cork North-Central this time round, but Mr Burke was in a generous mood when asked about it after his success.
“Ivan doesn’t always get it right – none of us are perfect. I am waiting for the congratulations card from Ivan in due course,” he said.
Candidates: Mick Barry (S-PBP), Colm Burke (FG), James Coughlan (Workers’ Party), Tony Fitzgerald (FF), Thomas Gould (SF), Sinéad Halpin (Social Democrats), TJ Hogan (Ind), Ger Keohane (Ind), John Maher (Lab), Oliver Moran (GP), Sandra Murphy (FF), Diarmaid Ó Cadhla (Ind), Stephen O’Donovan (Ind), Kenneth O’Flynn (Ind), Seán O’Leary (Ind), Lorraine O’Neill (FG), Pádraig O’Sullivan (FF), Finian Toomey (Aontú).