Women’s vote in focus
ALTHOUGH Wicklow only had two women on the ballot paper out of a field of 24 candidates it’s hard to assess if there is a traditional ‘women’s vote’ in Wicklow.
On the face of things it appears certain voters like to vote for women. With the elimination of Pat Kavanagh of Fis Nua following count 8 her votes were redistributed to the remaining candidates.
The largest proportion of Kavanagh’s votes went to Labour’s Liz Ferris, the only other woman in the field, and she received 45 of Kavanagh’s vote.
The second highest number of transfers went to Independent candidate Stephen Donnelly who received 40 votes. Sinn Féin’s John Brady received 33 while running mate Gerry Kinsella received 32 of her transfers. 28 were non-transferrable votes and didn’t go to any candidate while the remaining candidates received a handful of votes each.