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previous next General Election: 25 February 2011
Cill Dara Theas
Back Next Kildare South
Kildare Area (Leinster)

3 Seats 8 Candidates 7 Counts
Electorate: 58,867 Quota: 9,568
 Candidate     Party     1st Pref   Share   Quota     Count   Status   Seat 

Martin Heydon  Fine Gael Lozenge   12,755   33.33%   1.33   1      Made Quota     1
* Jack Wall  Labour Lozenge   10,645   27.82%   1.11   1      Made Quota     2
* Seán O Fearghail  Fianna Fail Lozenge   4,514   11.80%   0.47   7      Elected     3

Paddy Kennedy  Non party/Independent Lozenge   2,806   7.33%   0.29   (7)      Not Elected    
* Seán Power  Fianna Fail Lozenge   3,793   9.91%   0.40   (6)      Eliminated    
Jason Turner  Sinn Fein Lozenge   2,308   6.03%   0.24   (5)      Eliminated    
Clifford T Reid  Non party/Independent Lozenge   926   2.42%   0.10   (4)      No expenses    
Vivian Cummins  Green/Comhaontas Glas Lozenge   523   1.37%   0.05   (3)      No expenses    

Total valid 38,270 65.01%

Spoilt votes 353 0.91%

Total poll 38,623 65.61%

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

‘Fine Gael reclaim seat in former leader’s constituency’

There was a minor boundary revision here with a population of 1, 314 from the Kilpatrick and Newtown areas transferred to Kildare North.

This was a very predictable constituency in the context of 2011. Labour’s Jack Wall would be re-elected, Martin Heydon would reclaim a seat for Fine Gael after nine years, and one of the two Fianna Fail incumbents would survive the deluge.

So it proved. Martin Heydon took a third of the votes in the constituency, the highest share of any candidate in the country, and achieved Fine Gael’s second largest vote gain outside Dublin. This achieved of course in the constituency of the party’s former leader, Alan Dukes, who lost his seat in 2002.

Jack Wall, who unusually for a Labour TD has a strong GAA background, was elected on the first count for the first time in his career.

Fianna Fail duly took its one seat, the loser being Seán Power, a five-term veteran, and the victor Seán Ó Fearghaíl. Remarkably, Ó Fearghaíl had started out on the road before Power, having first stood in 1987 and losing on three further occasions before finally being elected in 2002.

There was almost a sting in the tail on this occasion, as independent councillor Paddy Kennedy from Newbridge nearly deprived Fianna Fail of any representation. Aided by over 1,000 votes from Heydon’s surplus, and by nearly 1,700 votes upon the elimination of fellow Newbridge candidate Jason Turner of Sinn Fein, he finished fewer than 1,000 votes behind Ó Fearghaíl on the seventh count.

 
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