Constituency Profile: Kildare South

Quick facts:

  • 3-seater
  • 3 sitting TDs: Martin Heydon (FG), Jack Wall (LAB), Sean O'Fearghail (FF)
  • Ministerial representation: None
  • Population: 87,776
  • 2011 poll topper: Martin Heydon, Fine Gael
  • One to watch: Mark Wall, Labour

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will each win a seat. With Jack Wall having retired (having seen the writing on the wall - pun intended) it falls to his son Mark to keep the Labour seat that has been there since 1997. While he will still retain a decent vote in the Athy area, he will struggle in the north of the constituency.

Fianna Fáil has added Cllr Fiona O’Loughlin to challenge her nemesis Fiona McLoughlin-Healy - who is seen as a rising star in Fine Gael - resulting in one of the more fascinating contests nationally.

This will also ensure that sitting TDs Seán O'Fearghail and Martin Heydon will spend the next few weeks looking over their shoulder.

Possible result:

  • 2 FG (+1)
  • 1 FF
  • 0 LAB (-1)

Ivan's Take: Yates is calling the result as one Fine Gael, one Fianna Fáil, with Labour newcomer Mark Wall taking the last seat.

  • Declan Crowe - IND More Info:

    Declan Crowe is an anti-water charges campaigner from Athy.

  • Martin Heydon - FG More Info:

    Martin Heydon is a Fine Gael TD. He was first elected to the Dáil in 2011, when he topped the poll, receiving 33.3% of first preference votes. Prior to being elected as a TD he served on Kildare County Council from June 2009 to February 2011. 

  • Mary Kennedy - REN More Info:

    Kennedy is a sales and marketing consultant based in Naas.

  • Suzanne McEneaney - GP More Info:

    Suzanne McEneaney is a learning support teacher and wants to see equality in education.

  • Fiona McLoughlin-Healy - FG More Info:

    Fiona McLoughlin-Healy is a Fine Gael councillor. She was first elected to represent the Kildare-Newbridge area in 2014, receiving 9.87% of first preference votes. She is a trained nurse and has a degree in Law and Politics from NUI Galway.

  • Sean O'Fearghail - FF More Info:

    Seán O'Fearghail has been a TD for Kildare South since 2002. Prior to becoming a TD he served as a senator and a councillor for Kildare. He unsuccessfully contested the 1987, 1989, 1992 and 1997 elections. He is the Fianna Fáil party whip.

  • Fiona O'Loughlin - FF More Info:

    Fiona O'Loughlin is a Kildare County Councillor for Fianna Fáil, having won seats in the 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 local elections. She is a primary school teacher.

  • Patricia Ryan - SF More Info:

    Patricia Ryan is the Sinn Féin candidate for Kildare South. 

  • Mark Wall - LAB More Info:

    Mark Wall is a Labour Councillor for the Athy area of Kildare. He was first elected in 2009, topping the poll with 28.72% of the vote, and was reelected at the 2014 local elections. He was also Mayor of Kildare in 2013.

Kildare South - First Preference Vote Share, General Election 2011