Sinn Féin to triple ROI council seats

Published Sunday, 25 May 2014
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Sinn Féin looks set to be the major winner in the Republic's local government elections with the party expected to triple the number of representatives it has in councils.

Sinn Féin to triple ROI council seats
Sinn Féin representatives are confident of big gains in the southern elections. (© PA)

The majority of the seats were filled just before midnight on Sunday - 800 out of 949 - with Sinn Féin receiving 141 seats.

Fianna Fáil led the way with 222 seats while Fine Gael returned 188 councillors. Labour managed 45 seats while Others achieved 204.

Sinn Féin's rise has also fuelled predictions the party could enter a ruling coalition in Dublin after the next general election.

Mary Lou McDonald, the party's Dublin-born deputy leader who has been touted as a potential successor to Gerry Adams, said it would consider going into government.

"I don't think it would be simply a numbers game," she said.

"It would be a matter of whether or not you could produce a programme for government that really changed things and delivered real results for people's lives. That would be the litmus test."

The election has been dubbed "Independents Day" with non-party aligned candidates taking almost a quarter of seats.

While Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have been locked in a battle to be the biggest party in the state at local authority level, with the latter looking to be the clear winner on Sunday night.

Despite its own electoral massacre at the last general election for its role in the economic crisis, Fianna Fáil were buoyant about a comeback at the polls.

But it was the junior coalition partners Labour who clearly were bearing the brunt of the backlash for years of punishing cutbacks, with candidates losing seats nationwide.

Counting in the European elections began at around 9pm in the Republic, with ballot boxes opening in the King's Hall in Belfast on Monday morning.

© UTV News
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19 Comments
Dee in Newtownabbey wrote (66 days ago):
Mark in Belfast - so refreshing to hear a unionist step away from the tribal trench talk we are all used to hearing. It is people like you who can effect real change. You will be welcome, embraced and cherished in a new Ireland. As will your co-religionists. I happened to be up on Cave Hill on Monday with my family. We went to McAirt's Fort where Wolfe Tone and the United Irishmen gathered in 1798 before the United Irish rebellion. Kinda had me in reflective mood. People like you give me hope that we can achieve their ideal of uniting catholic, protestant and dissenter under the common name of Irishman/woman. And like you Wolfe Tone was a protestant and an Irishman. Seems that spirit is still alive and well. I'll raise a glass to that.
END in GAME wrote (67 days ago):
A United Ireland with all its people working together would bring so much investment and tourism to Ireland, if only the Unionist dinosaurs would realise this. It is inevitable and has been for quite some time now but it must happen sooner rather than later as England can't afford to keep a state they have done so much wrong in, they must be seen to redeeming this history.
damien in west belfast wrote (67 days ago):
if only the free staters wanted a united ireland..big job to convince them.
Mike in Dublin wrote (67 days ago):
Appalling use of the English language on here. Embarrassing......
The Future in England wrote (67 days ago):
I am a English man and I want to point out to any person that has a problem with a United Ireland , We here are sinking in debt ,low wages the English feel they have lost the country to ,well you know the answer to that,,this is why Ukip are so popular, the truth is we are looking back wards to "happier times" we are lost but you have a chance to be a important part of Irelands decisions in the future,Unionist will play a very important part in a all Ireland ,,or carry on fighting to be a 22 billion pound burden and by the way to us you are Irish,,think please...
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