Tallies show rejection of re-election of coalition government

IMG_3305 The first counts in the general election are coming in this afternoon. As more declarations are made throughout the day, they’ll confirm voters have rejected the re-election of the coaliton. There are major gains in the offing for Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and Independents after exit polls suggested less than a third of people had backed the Government parties. Galway East became the first constituency in the country to declare a first count – but no-one’s been elected. It does show that Fianna Fáil’s Colm Keaveney who defected from Labour in the last Dáil is in trouble. A number of other first counts are expected shortly. But the tallies have told us some major named in Fine Gael and Labour are in trouble. The Labour seats of Alex White in Dublin Rathdown, Joanna Tuffy in Dublin Mid West and Joe Costello in Dublin Central are gone, as is Willie Penrose’s in longford Westmeath, but Tánaiste and leader Joan Burton looks safe in Dublin West. Fine Gael will suffer too – Deputy leader James Reilly has a mountain to climb in Dublin Fingal in a fight for the final seat, Aine Collins looks set to lose her one in Cork North West, and it looks like Jimmy Deenihan could lose in Kerry. It’s Fianna Fáil’s day – the party’s making gains up and down the country – Micheál Martin and Michael McGrath storming ahead in Cork South Central, they could take three of the five seats in Carlow Kilkenny BUT Fine Gael looks set to prevent the return of former Minister Mary Hanafin in Dun Laoghaire. Sinn Féin’s making gains – Gerry Adams running mate Imelda Munster will take a seat in Louth, they could see the first TD for the party in over 90 years in Limerick City, but trouble’s also brewing for Padraig McLochlainn in Donegal It’s also a big day for the Independents and smaller parties – with many making gains across the country – Roscommon Galway for example will see Denis Naughten and Michael Fitzmaurice elected, and the Healy Rae brothers look set to take two of the five seats in Kerry.