Poll-top­per Doyle first past the post

Bray People - - ELECTION 2011 -

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.'

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