ALL of Enniskillen’s council seats have been filled with six councillors elected to represent the town on the Fermanagh and Omagh council, it has been revealed.
Robert Irvine of the UUP passed through the quota – 963 – with 982 votes on the third stage of the count while the DUP’s Keith Elliott secured his seat with 1,225 at the fifth count.
Tommy Maguire of Sein Fein was elected on the seventh stage of the count and new-comer Patricia Rogers of the SDLP secured her seat in the Fermanagh and Omagh council with 1,019 votes.
The final two seats were claimed by long-standing Sein Fein councillor Debbie Coyle who, despite failing to reach the quota, said she was happy with the end result while the UUP’s new candidate Howard Thornton secured the party’s second seat in Enniskillen. Their final votes in the eighth count was 919 and 872 respectively.
Four standing candidates who have been eliminated throughout the count were the TUV’s Donald Crawford, UUP’s Basil Johnston, Ann Gormley of the Alliance, Pat Cox (Independent) and Laurence Speight (Greens). Despite anti-fracking candidate Donal O’Cofaigh failing to make the bid, he told the Fermanagh Herald he was pleased with the results adding that the high number of votes represented those who are against fracking in the county.