Fianna Fáil has gained 2 seats in Kildare North in the recent general election. Both candidates James Lawless and Frank O’Rourke were successful in their bid to win seats in Dáil Éireann in the election on 26th February 2016. Both candidates polled a remarkable 7,461 and 6,341 first preference votes respectively ensuring that Fianna Fáil is now the largest party in Kildare North at both council and national level. The result from neighbouring constituency Kildare South proved equally impressive as Sean Ó Fearghail and Fiona O’Loughlin were both elected also. The full results from Kildare North can be viewed here.
Fianna Fáil won 12 seats to Kildare County Council which is the largest seats total ever for the party in the county. This also places it with 30% of the seats making it the largest party in the council chamber. The party’s candidates are delighted with the result and have thanked voters and campaign supporters for the result at the polls on May 23rd.
Of the 14 candidates the party did run in Kildare, 2 unfortunately were not successful: Gráinne Whelan in the Celbridge-Leixlip district and Ben Doyle in the Maynooth district, however, this wasn’t for a lack of effort as both candidates put a lot of work in to their campaigns.
In 4 of the 5 districts in the county, Fianna Fáil topped the poll. These were Athy, Kildare-Newbridge, Naas and Celbridge-Leixlip. With such a strong mandate, the party’s candidates look forward to working together on the council and the challenges facing Kildare over the next 5 years.