The final Tally for Galway City West is in and Knocknacarra’s Donal Lyons is leading the pack, with the Green Party’s Pauline O’Reilly surging to second.
Donal Lyons has handily secured his seat in the city west with 1,444 votes, locking up 17.6% of the vote ahead of all other candidates.
Pauline O’Reilly of the Greens will also be elected tomorrow as the first time candidate has rode a green wave to secure 16% of first preferences to put her in second place with 1,302 votes.
The next seats are likely to go to Labour’s Niall McNellis, who is looking secure at 909 votes, and Fianna Fáil councillor Peter Keane who is at 887.
Fine Gael’s Clodagh Higgins is currently likely to secure the fifth city council seat with 818 votes in the final unofficial.
The final seat in the city west is going to be a very narrow competition tomorrow, likely going to Pearce Flannery or John Connolly.
There are just two votes between Fine Gael’s Flannery at 723 votes and Fianna Fáil contender Connolly who has 725.
The first official count tomorrow will provide more insight after the surplus votes from Donal Lyons and Pauline Reilly are redistributed.
Sinn Féin’s Cathal Ó Conchuir looks likely to lose his seat as he is currently holding just 5.1% of the vote in Galway city west.
The tally results for Galway City West as they stand now are:
- Donal Lyons (Independent) – 1,444 / 17.6%
- Pauline Reilly (Green Party) – 1,302 / 15.9%
- Niall McNelis (Labour Party) – 909 / 11.1%
- Peter Keane (Fianna Fáil) – 887 / 10.8%
- Clodagh Higgins (Fine Gael) – 818 / 10%
- John Connolly (Fianna Fáil) – 725 / 8.8%
- Pearce Flannery (Fine Gael) -723 / 8.8%
- John Crowley (Social Democrats) – 483 / 5.9%
- Cathal Ó Conchúir (Sinn Féin) – 416 / 5.1%
- Marian Maloney (Independent) – 202 / 2.5%
- Tommy Roddy (Independent) – 126 / 1.5%
- Mark Anderson (Independent) – 88 / 1.1%
- Claire Keegan (Independent) – 26 / 0.3%
- Darius Ivan (Independent) – 25 / 0.3%
- Patrick Feeney (Independent) 24 / 0.3%