Poll-topper Doyle first past the post
AS THE FOURTH DAY of counting in Wicklow got underway we finally elected our first TD with Deputy Andrew Doyle topping the poll and taking the first seat in the constituency.
It was clear from the tallies that Doyle would top the poll and he was well placed to take the first seat having polled a first preference vote of 10,041. However, it was not until the end of the 16th count, at 12.30am yesterday ( Tuesday) morning that he was finally elected, exceeding the quota of 11,751 with his final vote of 11,991. ‘I am delighted. I think everyone is relieved and tired and I would like to pay tribute to everyone as it shows democracy at work and people have been working throughout the weekend.'
Deputy Doyle also paid tribute to Labour's Liz McManus who retired from the Dáil and Dick Roche who lost his seat at the end of count 13.
He had a special word of praise for Joe Behan who failed to hold onto his seat saying ‘when Joe was here in 2007 and he received over 9,000 votes he behaved in the same dignified manner as he did tonight. He treated victory and defeat the same.'