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previous next General Election: 25 February 2011
An Cabhan Muineachan
Back Next Cavan Monaghan
Cavan Monaghan Area (Ulster)

5 Seats 14 Candidates 9 Counts
Electorate: 99,178 Quota: 11,880
 Candidate     Party     1st Pref   Share   Quota     Count   Status   Seat 

* Caoimhghin O Caolain  Sinn Fein Lozenge   11,913   16.71%   1.00   1      Made Quota     1
* Brendan Smith2  Fianna Fail Lozenge   9,702   13.61%   0.82   8      Made Quota     2
§ Joe O'Reilly  Fine Gael Lozenge   8,333   11.69%   0.70   9      Elected     3
Seán Conlan2  Fine Gael Lozenge   7,864   11.03%   0.66   9      Elected     4
Heather Humphreys  Fine Gael Lozenge   8,144   11.43%   0.69   9      Elected     5

Kathryn Reilly  Sinn Fein Lozenge   6,539   9.17%   0.55   (9)      Not Elected    
* Margaret Conlon  Fianna Fail Lozenge   4,658   6.54%   0.39   (7)      Eliminated    
Liam Hogan2  Labour Lozenge   4,011   5.63%   0.34   (6)      Eliminated    
Peter McVitty  Fine Gael Lozenge   3,858   5.41%   0.32   (5)      Eliminated    
Seamus Treanor  Non party/Independent Lozenge   1,974   2.77%   0.17   (4)      No expenses    
Caroline Forde  Non party/Independent Lozenge   1,912   2.68%   0.16   (3)      No expenses    
John McGuirk  Non Party/New Vision Lozenge   1,708   2.40%   0.14   (2)      No expenses    
Darcy Lonergan  Green/Comhaontas Glas Lozenge   530   0.74%   0.04   (1)      No expenses    
Joseph Duffy1  Non party/Independent Lozenge   129   0.18%   0.01   (1)      No expenses    

Total valid 71,275 71.87%

Spoilt votes 867 1.20%

Total poll 72,142 72.74%

* outgoing TD
§ outgoing Senator
 
The data in the table above may be sorted by clicking on the column headings
 

‘Another major Fine Gael performance as they take three out of five seats for the first time’

There were no boundary changes here since 2007 and it remained a five-seat constituency.

This was another big performance in a five-seater from Fine Gael as they managed to convert 2.4 quotas into three seats. Their three leading candidates were grouped closely together on the first count with their fourth candidate Peter McVitty well off the pace in ninth place. Outgoing Senator Joe O’Reilly was the party’s leading vote getter and he was just ahead of newcomers Heather Humphreys and Sean Conlan. They went on to take the final three seats with Humphreys holding off Kathryn Reilly of Sinn Fein for the final seat. Their performance was enhanced by the fact that Fine Gael ran three new Dáil candidates, two of whom got elected, as long serving deputy Seymour Crawford had retired ahead of the election.

The Sinn Fein vote was up 6 points and with 1.6 quotas they were in contention for a second seat. Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin topped the poll and was just over the quota on the first count. His running mate Kathryn Reilly was outside the frame in sixth place on the first count and was eventually beaten by Fine Gael for the final seat by a margin of just 521 votes.

This was another poor performance by Fianna Fáil with their vote down 18 points on 2007 to just 20.15% and they lost two seats, leaving outgoing Minister Brendan Smith as their sole representative after this election. Margaret Conlon was outside the frame in seventh place on the first count with just 0.4 of a quota and was virtually out of contention. Outgoing veteran Fianna Fáil TD and former Cabinet minister Rory O’Hanlon retired ahead of the election.

Labour failed to perform here as they got just 6% and newcomer Liam Hogan was never in contention. Four non party candidates contested including New Vision’s John McGuirk but all failed to get enough votes to allow them to reclaim their expenses, as well as the Green’s Darcy Lonergan.

 
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