Tallies allow us insight into minds of electorate
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.