A voice that will be missed


Sir, – This marks the country’s first general election since the passing of Noel Whelan. The opening of the ballot boxes marks the beginning of a day which is of real significance in any democracy.

Noel had an encyclopaedic knowledge of each constituency and he could interpret every twist and turn of a general election count in a way like no other.

He brought count-day to life and his commentary guided lesser political anoraks like myself through the dense fog of tallies, disputed ballots, recounts, and the likely shape of the next government.

Count-day will be all the poorer without his energy, enthusiasm, and deep insights. – Yours, etc,



Co Wicklow.