Fermoy and Mitchelstown proportionally unrepresented

Kevin O'Keeffe supporters following the progress of the count in Mallow GAA Complex last Sunday, l-r: Donna Geaney, Dave Dwane, Anne Jackson and David O'Mahony. (Pic: John Ahern)

When the proportional representation system was being introduced to Ireland, it was explained as, instead of one person getting all the pie, several individuals got a slice of the cake.

At its core, the system is transparent and fair, but an inbuilt system of transferring votes, means you can be leap-frogged very quickly, despite having a commanding position. 


For those awaiting their electoral fate, count centres are stressful environments. Reaching a quota, means you can look forward to an early night and get on with the business of celebrating.

Sinn Féin’s Pat Buckley, a sitting TD in the Cork East constituency, was in that comfortable position. 

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