It really does look like France!
There will be a change here this time around with the news that Independent Kieran Deeney has decided not to stand. The local GP was once a poll topper and his substantial vote may help the SDLP to claim back a seat having missed out the last time with wildly over-optomistic vote management.
Expect the 3 Shinners to romp home again.
Declared Candidates For May 2011
Michaela Boyle: Sinn Fein
Allan Bresland: DUP
Thomas Buchanan: DUP
Eric Bullick: Alliance Party
Joe Byrne: SDLP
Pat Doherty: Sinn Fein
Ross Hussey: UUP
Declan McAleer: Sinn Fein
Barry McElduff: Sinn Fein
Paddy McGowan: Independent
Eugene McMenamin: Independent
Last edited by 5intheface; 18-04-2011 at 09:13 PM. Reason: Update
More shenanigans here; The SDLP messed up big stylee last time running 3 candidates and getting none elected.
This time they were taking no chances and have gone for just the one, Joe Byrne.
However, former MLA Eugenne McMenamin has left the party in protest and has decided to run as an independent pro-beard, anti-moustache candidate.
"Do not be misled by the promises of politicians. Remember that the whole history of Ireland is a record of betrayals by politicians and statesmen, and remembering this, spurn their lying promises and stand up for a United Ireland - an Ireland broad based upon the union of Labour and Nationality." - James Connolly.
Turnout - 64%
BBC reporting that SDLP could lose seat to SF.
That would be remarkable as the SDLP don't have a seat to lose.
SF tallies have SF taking 4 seats. Just picked that off repeat twitters and I repeat the health warning contained therein
SF tally has
Again, I don't know the quota but it's fierce tight going on those numbers. The SDLP needs the transfers to fall their way. Byrne behind all 4 SFers on 1st count.
Doherty and McElduff elected count 1
Barry McElduff SF 5,992 15.2%
Pat Doherty SF 5,659 14.4%
Michaela Boyle SF 5,057 12.9%
Thomas Buchanan DUP 5,005 12.7%
Ross Hussey UUP 4,069 10.3%
Allan Bresland DUP 4,063 10.3%
Joe Byrne SDLP 3,362 8.6%
Declan McAleer SF 3,016 7.7%
Paddy McGowan Others 1,141 2.9%
Eugene McMenamin Others 1,100 2.8%
Eric Bullick All 856 2.2%
Joe Byrne SDLP, Tom Buchnan DUP and Ross Hussey UUP now elected