Ardee chair Markey fails in Seanad election bid
Colm Markey has failed in his bid to be elected in the 25th Senate, after Tuesday’s Agricultural Panel count was completed.
The Togher man, who is currently the chair of the Ardee Municipal District committee, was eliminated after the 19th count of the Agricultural Panel yesterday. He had accumulated a total of 95,022 votes through a combination of first preference and transferred votes. Markey earned 23,000 votes after the first count.
Markey is a dairy farmer and earned a nomination to be considered for the Senate’s Agricultural Panel through the Nominating Bodies Sub-Panel. He was supported by the The Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association.
Recently, Markey oversaw Peter Fitzpatrick’s successful bid to retain his Dail seat in last month’s General Election in a Director of Elections role. He has served on Louth County Council since 2009 and has been chair of Ardee Municipal District committee for approaching twelve months.
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Had be been elected to the Senate, Markey would have to have had been replaced on the committee but can now remain, but his tenure as chair is nearing it’s end. Fine Gael councillor Dolores Minogue has thrown her hat into the ring to replace him when the six-strong committee vote for a new chairperson next month.
Sinn Fein’s Tom Cunningham is also likely to contest the role. Jim Tenanty served as the first chairperson between May 2014 and May 2015
Labour’s Ged Nash, who lost his seat in the Dail in February’s General Election, has been elected to the Seanad. Despite his status as a Super Junior Minister, Nash suffered heavily as Labour’s disastrous election decimated their presence in the Dail. The Drogheda man received 74,000 first count votes and got over the line after the 18th count, with just over 92,000.