Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Did the anti-choice vote turn out for #GE16?

With Fianna Fáil making a comeback and Independents doing well, where did that leave the pro-choice vote and the campaign to repeal the 8th Amendment? Did the anti-choice vote turn out for #GE16?

According to the Life Institute the following 120 candidates have declared themselves 'pro-life/support keeping the 8th Amendment'. So how did they fare? 


Galway East:
1. Sean Canney (Ind) - Elected
2. Michael Fahy (Ind) - Excluded
3. Colm Keaveney (FF) - Excluded
4. Anne Rabbitte (FF) - Elected
Galway West:
5. Fidelma Healy Eames (Ind) - Excluded
6. John Connolly (FF) - Excluded
7. Nicola Daveron (Renua) - Excluded
8. Noel Graelish (Ind) - Elected
9. Mary Horde (FF) - Excluded
10. Eamon O’Cuiv (FF) - Elected
11. Tommy Roddy (Ind) - Excluded
Mayo:
12. Dara Calleary (FF) - Elected
13. Michael Farrington (Renua) - Excluded
14. Peter Jordan (Ind) - Excluded
15. Gerry O’Boyle (Ind) - Excluded
16. George O’Malley (Ind) - Excluded
Roscommon/Galway:
17. Michael Fitzmaurice (Ind) - Elected
18. Eugene Murphy (FF) - Elected
19. Denis Naughten (Ind) – Elected
Sligo/Leitrim:
20. Bernie O’Hara (Ind) - Excluded
21. Des Guckian (Ind) - Excluded
22. Finbar Filan (Renua) - Excluded
23. Marc MacSharry (FF) - Elected
24. Paddy O’Rourke (FF) - Excluded
Dublin Bay North:
25. Paul Clarke (Ind) - Excluded
26. Terence Flanagan (Renua) - Excluded
27. Sean Haughey (FF) - Elected
28. Deirdre Heney (FF) - Excluded
29. Proinsias Ó Conaráin (Ind) - Excluded
Dublin Bay South:
30. Lucinda Creighton (Renua) - Excluded
Dublin Central:
31. Jacqui Gilbourne (Renua) - Excluded
32. Mary Fitzpatrick (FF) - Excluded
Dublin Fingal:
33. Darragh O’Brien (FF) - Elected
Dublin Mid-West:
34. John Curran (FF) - Elected
Dublin North-West:
35. Paul McAuliffe (FF) - Excluded
Dublin Rathdown:
36. Peter Matthews (Ind) - Excluded
Dublin South Central:
37. Neville Bradley (DDI) - Excluded
Dublin South West:
38. Kieran Adam-Quigley (Ind) - Excluded
39. Ronan McMahon (Renua) - Excluded
40. Declan Burke (Ind) - Excluded
41. Peter Fitzpatrick (Ind) - Excluded
42. John Lahart (FF) - Elected
Dublin West:
43. Jack Chambers (FF) - Elected
44. Jo O’Brien (Renua) - Excluded
Dun Laoghaire:
45. Cormac Devlin (FF) - Excluded
46. Mary Hanafin (FF) - Excluded
47. Raymond Whitehead (DDI) - Excluded
Carlow/Kilkenny:
48. Paddy Manning (Ind) - Excluded
49. John McGuinness (FF) - Elected
Kildare North:
50. Michael Bernie (Ind) - Excluded
51. James Lawless (FF) - Elected
52. Frank O’Rourke (FF) - Elected
Kildare South:
53. Sean O Fearghail (FF) - Elected
Laois:
54. Sean Fleming (FF) - Elected
55. Sinead Moore (GP) - Excluded
Longford/Westmeath:
56. Noel McKervey (Catholic Democrat) - Excluded
57. James Miller (Ind) - Excluded
58. Peter Burke (FG) - Elected
59. Connie Gerety-Quinn (FF) - Excluded
60. Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran (Ind) - Elected
61. James Morgan (Ind) - Excluded
Louth:
62. David Bradley (Ind) - Excluded
63. Declan Breathnach (FF) - Elected
64. Michael O’Dowd (Renua) - Excluded
Meath East:
65. Thomas Byrne (FF) - Elected
66. Ben Gilroy (DDI) - Excluded
67. Sharon Keogan (Ind) - Excluded
Meath West:
68. Shane Cassels (FF) - Elected
69. John Malone (Ind) - Excluded
70. Peadar Toibín (SF) - Elected
Offaly:
71. Kate Bopp (Ind) - Excluded
72. Eddie Fitzpatrick (FF) - Excluded
73. John Leahy (Renua) - Excluded
Wexford:
74. James Browne (FF) - Elected
75. Ger Carthy (Ind) - Excluded
76. Malcolm Byrne (FF) - Excluded
Wicklow:
77. Billy Timmins (Renua) - Excluded
78. Joe Behan (Ind) - Excluded
79. Pat Casey (FF) - Elected
80. Charlie Keddy (Ind) - Excluded
Clare:
81. Michael McDonagh (FF) - Excluded
Cork East:
82. Barbara Ahern (FF) - Excluded
83. Paul Bradford (Renua) - Excluded
84. Kevin O’Keeffe (FF) - Elected
Cork North-Central:
85. Ger Keohane (Ind) - Excluded
86. Paddy O’Leary (Renua) - Excluded
Cork North-West:
87. Aindrias Moynihan (FF) - Elected
88. Michael Moynihan (FF) - Elected
89. Jason Fitzgerald (Renua) - Excluded
90. John Paul O’Shea (Ind) - Excluded
91. Diarmuid O’Flynn (Ind) - Excluded
Cork South-Central:
92. Michael McGrath (FF) - Elected
93. Joe Harris (Ind) - Excluded
94. Elizabeth Hourihane (Ind) - Excluded
Cork South West:
95. Theresa Heaney (Catholic Democrats) - Excluded
96. Margaret Murphy-O’Mahony (FF) - Elected
97. Michael Collins (Ind) - Elected
Kerry:
98. John Brassil (FF) - Elected
99. Mary Fitzgibbon (Ind) - Excluded
100. Henry Gaynor (Ind) - Excluded
101. Michael Healy-Rae (Ind) - Elected
102. Danny Healy-Rae (Ind) - Elected
Limerick City:
103. Nora Bennis (Catholic Democrats) - Excluded
104. Willie O’Dea (FF) - Elected
Limerick County:
105. Emmett O’Brien (Ind) - Excluded
106. Richard O’Donoghue (Ind) - Excluded
107. John O’Gorman (Ind) - Excluded
Tipperary:
108. Mattie McGrath (Ind) - Elected
109. Michael Lowry (Ind) - Elected
110. Jackie Cahill (FF) - Elected
Waterford:
111. John Walsh (Ind) - Excluded
Cavan/Monaghan:
112. Mary Smyth (Ind) - Excluded
113. John Wilson (Ind) - Excluded
114. Mike Durkan (FF) - Excluded
115. Brendan Smith (FF) - Elected
116. Niamh Smyth (FF) - Elected
Donegal:117. Tim Jackson (Ind) - Excluded
118. Pat ‘the Cope’ Gallagher (FF) - Elected
119. Charlie McConalogue (FF) - Elected
120. Frank McBrearty Jnr (Ind) - Excluded

Of the 551 candidates who ran for election, the Life Institute identified 120 (27.7%) of them as being 'pro-life'. Of these 120 candidates 44 (36.6%) have been elected. Those elected are mainly from Fianna Fáil (31, 70%) or affiliated to no party (9, 20%) and 36 (81%) are male.

This means that of the 158 seats in the Dail, 27% of them have been filled by candidates who have been identified as 'pro-life'. 

At a 'pro-life' meeting held in Dublin David Quinnn was vocal in his call for those in attendance to vote for Lucinda Creighton and her party Renua Ireland. Of the 26 Renua candidates who ran for election, 13 made the 'pro-life' list. No Renua candidates were elected. 

It is disappointing to see Fianna Fail, who have said they will not campaign for a referendum to repeal the 8th, do so well in this election, while Labour, who said they supported holding a referendum lose so many seats. However, all hope is not lost. A majority of elected TDs didn't make the 'pro-life' list and some independent TDs such as Clare Daly and Ruth Coppinger who have prioritised repealing of the 8th have been re-elected.

The campaign to repeal the 8th Amendment and give bodily autonomy to women in Ireland will continue.

2 comments:

  1. Mayo: Michelle Mulherin (FG) "Pro-Life": Not Elected.

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  2. Hi Kelvin, I didn't include Michelle Mulherin as the Life Institute didn't endorse her as a 'pro-life' candidate, and for the purpose of this I was using their criteria. They have listed her as a candidate who voted 'for abortion', meaning she voted for the Protection of Life During Pregnancy bill. Although it does seem that she is far from pro-choice with her 'fornication' remarks during that debate. http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-debate-single-mayo-td-michelle-mulherin-defends-fornication-remarks-26844965.html

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