October 19, 2021

General Election 2020: Sinn Fein’s David Cullinane to romp home as others face into titanic battle

Sinn Féin’s sitting TD David Cullinane is set for a landslide victory in Waterford leaving every other candidate on the ballot sheet facing a massive battle for the remaining three seats.

Early tallies show Deputy Cullinane polling a remarkable 40% of the vote. Fianna Fáil’s Mary Butler is the only other candidate hitting double figures at 12% according to the earliest indiciations.

With about a quarter of the boxes opened, it appears city Independent candidate Matt Shanahan is chasing Mary Butler in third, just shy of 10%.

As mooted Marc Ó Cathasaigh of the Green Party has polled well and at present is neck and neck with Fine Gael’s John Cummins on 8%.

It appears the Fine Gael vote has collapsed in Waterford as Damien Geoghegan, Cummins running mate, is next on just 7% meaning the party will be struggling for transfers to even to be involved in a battle for a seat.

Mayor of Waterford and Labour candidate John Pratt polled at 6% but is still in the fight, knowing he has to rely on transfers and is not in a terrible situation,

Fianna Fáil’s Eddie Mulligan, who has been the centre of a political storm during the campaign, is polling at 5%.

Renua’s Ronan Cleary and Independent candidate Una Dunphy are expected to come in at 2% of the poll, while Bernadette Phillips trails all candidates at just 1%.

A first count, almost certainly deeming David Cullinane elected back to the Dáil, is expected early in the afternoon.


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