Tal­lies al­low us in­sight into minds of elec­torate

Bray People - - ELECTION 2011 -

TAL­LIES MAKE GREAT read­ing and prove an in­ter­est­ing in­sight into the way peo­ple vote in cer­tain ar­eas and while many only use them to see who tops the poll an in-depth anal­y­sis can be very telling.

In 2007, the po­lit­i­cal land­scape in Wick­low, like ev­ery­where, was very dif­fer­ent. Then Fianna Fáil took 38 per cent of the to­tal vote in the county be­tween their three can­di­dates, Dick Roche, Joe Be­han ( now In­de­pen­dent) and Pat Fitzger­ald.

Fine Gael's Billy Tim­mins and Andrew Doyle took 23 per cent of the vote while Labour's Liz Mc­Manus and Nicky Kelly took 16 per cent.

Sinn Féin's John Brady had a five per cent share while Deirdre de Burca for the Green Party had seven per cent.

The fi­nal ten per cent went to oth­ers which in­clude In­de­pen­dent's Eve­lyn Caw­ley, Pat Do­ran, Jim Tal­lon, Nor­man Newell, Carmel McKenna and Donal O'Siochain from the now de­funct Pro­gres­sive Democrats.

This time around it was a to­tally dif­fer­ent ket­tle of fish with Fine Gael now be­ing top dog in the county, a trend seen na­tion­wide, tak­ing a mas­sive 40.05 per cent of the vote.

De­spite a swing in re­cent months to Labour the party in Wick­low re­ally didn't cap­i­talise on it and only marginally in­creased their share of the vote go­ing from 16 per cent in 2007 to 17.06 per cent this time out, de­spite run­ning an ex­tra can­di­date.

The three can­di­dates, Anne Fer­ris, Tom For­tune and Conal Ka­vanagh only polled slightly in ex­cess of a quota be­tween them, which must surely be a dis­ap­point­ment for the party.

Fianna Fáil went from hero to zero this time out and only barely man­aged to get a big­ger share of the vote than Sinn Fein.

The sol­diers of des­tiny ( note to Micheal Martin: must change this nick­name!) re­ceived a dis­ap­point­ing, al­though not un­ex­pected, 10.36 per cent hav­ing run two can­di­dates, Dick Roche and Pat Fitzger­ald. Sinn Fein's John Brady al­most out­per­formed the two men get­ting 10.13 per cent of the vote.

The Green Party vote in the county, such as it was at seven per cent, also col­lapsed in the Gar­den County with new can­di­date Niall Byrne only man­aged to se­cure 1.03 per cent of the vote.

As ex­pected In­de­pen­dent can­di­dates did well all over Ire­land and Wick­low was no ex­cep­tion. There were 12 In­de­pen­dents on the ticket and two mem­bers of the newly formed Fís Nua and be­tween them they polled a very re­spectable 20.96 per cent of the vote.

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