The Midleton Electoral area of Cork County Council has its new representatives, after a mammoth count at County Hall last Friday (and Saturday). With a turnout of approximately 46% of the electorate of 33,436, it took ten counts to confirm all seven representatives.
Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley, a sitting Independent councillor, was first across the finish line on Count 1, securing the quota of 1,896. She was followed by her fellow, sitting Independent councillor, Cllr. Noel Collins and, third to reach the quota, another sitting councillor – Fine Gael’s Michael Hegarty – both of whom exceeded the quota on the first count.
New candidate, James O’Connor, ensures Fianna Fáil will be represented (quota reached count 6), while Liam Quaide of the Green Party (count 10) is a further new addition to the East Cork Municipal District Authority.
Sitting councillor, Susan McCarthy (count 8), was the second Fine Gael candidate to reach the quota, while Sinn Féin’s Danielle Twomey (count 6) completed the council.
Read more inside this week’s Midleton & District News.