The Lord Mayor of Cork is re-elected in the South Central ward

The Lord Mayor of Cork is re-elected in the South Central ward
Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Mick Finn with his supporters after getting elected on the first count, at the counting of votes for the local elections at City Hall, Cork.Picture: David Keane.

FINE Gael's Derry Canty, a vocal opponent of the city boundary expansion, is set to be elected to Cork City Council after he narrowly missed the quota in Cork City South-West on the first count.

He'll be joined by Lord Mayor Mick Finn, the South-Central poll-topper, and Fine Gael's Des Cahill who pulled in the highest first preference vote in the city.

The counts for all five city wards will resume at 10am Sunday morning.

Independent Mick Finn has bucked the trend of poor election results for sitting Lord Mayors and topped the Cork City South-West poll on the first count.

Incumbent Lord Mayor Catherine Clancy, Labour, lost her seat in 2014, while Fine Gael's Brian Bermingham only narrowly kept his seat while wearing the chain in 2009.

Mr Finn topped the poll with 1,753 votes. Ahead of the quota of 1,513.

He is followed by Dan Boyle of the Green Party (1,457), Fianna Fáil's Sean Martin (1,383), Shane O'Callaghan of Fine Gael (1,235), Sinn Féin's Eoghan Jeffers (774) and Fianna Fáil's David Boyle (768).

Mr Finn said that the demands of the job meant he had to rely on the support of his family, friends, and campaigners to pull off the feat.

"I've had a full diary, and I will have a full calendar up until the 7th of June when I hand over the chain. If I was out myself six or seven times, that was a lot.

"I was largely reliant on family and friends and a team of sixty who help me. Without their' support this would not be possible," he said.

Mr Finn said that elections are not about winning votes but "harvesting votes from work you did during your term" and he put the work in.

Also last night, Fine Gael councillor Des Cahill said that he is "blessed" after he was reelected on the first count in Cork City South-East with the highest first preference vote in the city.

Des Cahill celebrating with party supporters.
Des Cahill celebrating with party supporters.

This was a return to form for the former Lord Mayor, who also topped the poll in his first election campaign in 2009.

"To get more than 2,000 people to leave their house and give you their number one , that's a huge thing," he said after he hit the quota on the first count.

"That's recognition of the work Fine Gael are doing. Despite what other people may say, it's proof that the work Fine Gael are doing is being lauded by the people," he said.

Cllr Cahill was elected with 2,275 votes, just ahead of the quota (2,255).

The remaining candidates on the first count are as follows:

Lorna Bogue (GP) 2,207

Mary Rose Desmond (FF) 2,102

Terry Shannon (FF) 1,976

Kieran McCarthy (Ind) 1,708

Deirdre Forde (FG) 1,588

Chris O'Leary (SF) 1,103

Mr Cahill's running mate, county councillor Deirdre Forde, looks likely to take the last seat in the ward from Sinn Féin councillor Chris O'Leary too.

"I'm very confident that Deirdre Forde, my colleague, will come in from the county. Which is massively welcome and needed, and she'l bring experience too," said Mr Cahill.

"The fact that I passed the quota before the counts start will help push her over the line, so I'm greatly looking forward to working with my new colleague."

The remaining counts for Cork South East will resume on Sunday morning.

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