All five seats have now been filled in the Kerry constituency following Friday’s general election. The five TDs, who’ll be taking their place in the 32nd Dail, were declared elected after a count spanning two days at the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre. Returning Officer Padraig Burke made the official announcement shortly after 8pm Saturday night.
The final three seats were filled after the 11th count, with outgoing Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin elected following the elimination of Labour’s Arthur Spring and the distribution of his votes. Fianna Fail’s John Brassil and Sinn Fein’s Martin Ferris were then elected, without having reached the quota. Earlier in the day Independent Danny Healy-Rae took the second seat, with his brother Michael elected in the first count with in excess of 20 thousand first preferences, the highest vote in the country in this election.
Speaking after his elimination outgoing Labour TD Arthur Spring said that he has no regrets. He said that it had been an honour to represent the people of Kerry and West Limerick. However FG Candidate and former Minister Jimmy Deenihan admitted he was disappointed at the loss of his seat. Returning Officer Padraig Burke has deemed the following candidates elected in Kerry following the 11th and final count:
|Brendan Griffin||Fine Gael||14,050|
|Martin Ferris||Sinn Fein||12,964|