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‘Political earthquake’ as Clare elects four TDs to 33rd Dáil

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*Photograph: Joe Buckley

Clare has elected its four TDs to the thirty second Dáil following a twenty one hour count at The Falls Hotel on Sunday and Monday.

Just one TD has been returned in Clare. Deputy Joe Carey (FG) has retained his seat at Dáil Éireann having been first elected in 2007. Sitting Tds, Timmy Dooley (FF) and Junior Minister Pat Breen (FG) were the biggest casualties in the constituency. Carey was elected on the tenth count without reaching the quota.

Joe Carey is hoisted in the air. Photograph: Joe Buckley

Sinn Féin’s national rise reached Co Clare with Violet-Anne Wynne (SF) becoming the first TD from the party since 1922 and the third ever female TD to come from Clare. She follows in the footsteps of Madeline Taylor Quinn (FG) and Síle de Valera (FF). Wynne was the poll topper but was elected in second place after Michael McNamara (IND).

First time candidate, Cllr Cathal Crowe (FF) succeeded in entering national politics at the first attempt. The Cathaoirleach of the local authority was always expected to poll well, the surprise being that he is the only Fianna Fáil TD elected in Clare.

Back in electoral politics for the first time since his defeat at the 2016 General Election, Michael McNamara (IND) was the first candidate elected in Clare. The Scariff farmer proved to be extremely transfer friendly throughout the duration of the two day count.

Extended reports, interviews, analysis and statistics will be in Thursday’s paper. The Clare Echo is available for FREE across Co Clare.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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