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Baile Atha Cliath Thiar
Dublin Area (Leinster)

4 Seats 10 Candidates 5 Counts
Electorate: 62,348 Quota: 8,495
 Candidate     Party     1st Pref   Share   Quota     Count   Status   Seat 

* Joan Burton  Labour Lozenge   9,627   22.67%   1.13   1      Made Quota     1 ♀  
* Leo Varadkar  Fine Gael Lozenge   8,359   19.68%   0.98   2      Made Quota     2   ♂
Joe Higgins  Socialist Lozenge   8,084   19.03%   0.95   3      Made Quota     3   ♂
* Brian Lenihan2 Jnr  Fianna Fail Lozenge   6,421   15.12%   0.76   5      Elected     4   ♂

Patrick Nulty  Labour Lozenge   2,686   6.32%   0.32   (5)      Not Elected       ♂
Kieran Dennison  Fine Gael Lozenge   3,190   7.51%   0.38   (4)      Eliminated       ♂
Paul Donnelly  Sinn Féin Lozenge   2,597   6.11%   0.31   (3)      Eliminated       ♂
David McGuinness  Fianna Fail Lozenge   623   1.47%   0.07   (2)      No expenses       ♂
Roderic O'Gorman  Green/Comhaontas Glas Lozenge   605   1.42%   0.07   (2)      No expenses       ♂
Clement Esebamen  Non party/Independent Lozenge   280   0.66%   0.03   (2)      No expenses       ♂

Total valid 42,472 68.12%

Spoilt votes 327 0.76%

Total poll 42,799 68.65%

* outgoing TD (3)
Final votes required for expenses: 2,124
Candidates: 1 female (♀), 9 male (♂)
The data in the table above may be sorted by clicking on the column headings
By Elections:
27 October 2011  caused by death of Brian Lenihan on 27 October 2011
23 May 2014  caused by resignation of Patrick Nulty on 23 May 2014

‘Three outgoing TDs and Joe Higgins win seats in most predictable constituency in this most volatile election’

There were Constituency Commission boundary changes here and the constituency increased from three to four seats for the 2011 election. The constituency gained a seat following a major boundary change with a population of 12,768 in the Swords-Forrest areas transferred in from Dublin North.

This was the most predictable constituency in this election with the three outgoing deputies joined by Joe Higgins following the addition of an extra seat. It was practically all over after the announcement of the first count with the four leading candidates well clear of the rest of the field.

The Fine Gael vote was up 12 points and with 1.4 quotas the party could have been in contention for two seats but its vote was badly divided with Leo Varadkar just short of the quota and Kieran Dennison outside the frame in fifth place with a mere 0.4 quotas. Varadkar duly took the second seat on the second count and Dennison ended up in sixth place.

The Labour vote was up 12 points and with 1.5 quotas they also could have been in contention for two seats. Joan Burton topped the poll and was well over the quota on the first count and was the first deputy declared elected in the 2011 general election. Her running mate Patrick Nulty did poorly and with just 2,686 first preferences, was too far off the pace.

Socialist Party leader Joe Higgins lost his seat here in 2007. He went on to win a European parliament seat in 2009 and continued his winning ways in 2011. Higgins was just short of the quota on the first count and went on to comfortably take the third seat on the third count.

This was another poor Dublin performance by Fianna Fáil as its vote was down 21 points but at least the party held its seat here unlike the rest of the Dublin constituencies. Brian Lenihan was in fourth place after the first count on 6,421 first preference votes. But he was well clear of the rest of the field and there was never any doubt that he would hold his seat. He thus become Fianna Fáil’s only Dublin-based deputy. His running mate David McGuinness got just 623 first preferences and lost his expenses as did two others.

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