Despite not topping the poll in any of the three Electoral Areas in Offaly, when the final votes were counted and recounted, Fianna Fáil were the party celebrating on Monday as they claimed eight of the 19 seats on Offaly County Council.
Also elected were a number of Independent’s who would originally have come from the Fianna Fáil ranks making it very likely that they will control the council for the next five years.
The party’s most impressive performance came in the Tullamore Area where all four candidates were returned although Danny Owens had to endure a recount before claiming the final seat with four votes to spare over Independent Sean O’Brien. He will be joined on the Council by party colleagues Sinead Dooley, Declan Harvey and Frank Moran.
Sinn Fein’s Brendan Killeavy topped the poll over 1,250 votes over the quota while Independent Dervill Dolan was also elected on the first count. Also elected was veteran Fine Gael campaigner Tommy McKeigue.
Independent candidate John Leahy was almost 1,100 votes ahead of the field in the Birr Electoral Area where Fianna Fáil’s Peter Ormond and Eamon Dooley, Fine Gael’s John Clendenned, Sinn Fein’s Carol Nolan and Independent John Carroll.
Sinn Fein’s Martin O’Reilly and Fianna Fáil’s Eddie Fitzpatrick topped the poll in the Edenderry Area and will be joined on Offaly County Council by Independent’s John Foley and Noel Cribbin along with Fine Gael’s Liam Quinn.
Make up of Offaly County Council
Fianna Fail – 8
Independent – 5
Fine Gael – 3
Sinn Fein - 3
Overall share of the vote in Offaly
FF - 34.1%
Ind – 29.3%
FG – 17.3%
SF – 17.2%
Lab – 1.8%
GP – 0.3%