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10 election facts from Wexford

Sorting the referendum votes at the Wexford count centre

  1. Seven out of ten people in Wexford gave their first preference to either our new president Michael D Higgins or runner-up Seán Gallagher. Gallagher ran Higgins closer here than most places and was just over 1,300 votes in it following the first count (21,010 to 19,685).
  2. Over 80 per cent of Model County residents believe that judges should take a pay cut in line with the rest of the public sector, with 46,783 in favour of the proposal and 10,388 against it.

    Should judges take a pay cut?

    Wexford count centre

  3. When Fine Gael’s Gay Mitchell was eliminated not one of his then 4,101 votes was transferred to Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, then one of the three remaining candidates. In contrast, Labour’s Michael D Higgins received 2,720 transfers from Mitchell.
  4. Martin McGuinness had the highest amount of non transferable votes, with 2,866 people in Wexford giving the Sinn Féin candidate their number one, but stopping there.
  5. 322 people felt that Dana Rosemary Scallon was the only one of the seven candidates worth a vote.

    Fine Gael's Minister Paul Kehoe, Regional Organiser Willie Glesson and Minister Kehoe's Parliamentary Assistant Colum Cooney looking at the figures on a bad day for the party and its candidate Gay Mitchell

    Labour councillor George Lawlor enjoys the result with Wexford resident Eileen McKiernan, sister of our new "First Lady" Sabina Higgins

  6. The referendum on whether to give Oireachtas committees the power to conduct inquiries split people here right down the middle, with just 50.1% in favour of it. After several recounts the result was 28,517 in favour of the constitutional amendment – backed by Minister Brendan Howlin – and 28,397 against it.
  7. There is a total electorate of 108,490 people in Wexford and 58,629 (54%) of them voted on Thursday.
  8. There were 627 spoiled or invalid votes, just over 1%.

    Making sure every vote is accounted for

    Wexford count centre

    Wexford count centre

    Wexford count centre

  9. The narrowest margin between candidates on first preferences was the 15 votes separating the bottom two, Dana Rosemary Scallon (1,477) and Mary Davis (1,462).
  10. Once the final count was completed, 29,757 of the 1,000,000 plus votes that Michael D Higgins received came from Wexford.

I covered the count for RTE, look here for the full results. See the Wexford People on Wednesday for analysis of how the county voted and a bit of comment on the results from yours truly!

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