Gorey based former County Councillor and TD Malcolm Byrne has been elected to serve on the Cultural and Educational Panel in Seanad Éireann, after his election today in a tight battle, which saw only a handful of votes separating candidates throughout the count.
Five seats were available in this particular election. Following a 7th place finish after the first count, it was clear that the result was going to be touch and go for Byrne, but he proved to be very transfer friendly in the subsequent counts.
By the time we reached the 16th count Byrne had managed to leapfrog early highflyers Saoirse McHugh of the Green Party and Fintan Warfield of Sinn Fein, surpass the quote and secure his election.
The other seats in this panel went to Sean Kyne (FG), Lisa Chambers (FF), John McGahon (FG) and Fintan Warfield (SF)
Byrne said in reaction to his election:
“Honoured to have been elected to Seanad Eireann and will serve to the best of my ability. Although an institution in need of reform, it has the ability to effect real change. In these difficult times, we need to work together to build a better country and planet.”
It has been a very busy 12 months for Byrne on the election front, having contested local and European elections in May 2019, followed by a by-election in November 2019, general election in February 2020, and now a Seanad Election in March 2020. This must surely be a record.
The count of the Agricultural Panel in which Minister Michael D’Arcy is a candidate is likely to take place later today or tomorrow. We hope to provide regular updates on his progress.