Kildare councillor Mark Wall follows father into Senate


Paul O'Meara


Paul O'Meara


Kildare councillor Mark Wall wins Seanad seat

Mark Wall

Athy-based Labour county councillor Mark Wall has followed his father Jack, the former Kildare GAA Chairman, into national politics.

Cllr Wall won a seat on the commercial and industrial panel having received 84,000 votes in the first count and finishing the contest with 113,500 votes, just ahead of the quote of 113,000.

His father Jack became a senator in 1993, before being elected to the Dáil.

In Seanad elections each single vote cast equates to 1,000 when the votes are actually counted.

Cllr Wall was one of the Labour Party’s success stories in the local elections, exceeding the quota by nearly 1,000 votes to retain his seat in the local elections last May.

More recently, in the general election, he got 5,900 first preferences, marginally behind then sitting TD Fiona O’Loughlin (Fianna Fáil) and waselimiantd only on the sixs count.

Ms O’Loughlin is also seeking a Seanad seat on the administrative panel and counting to elect the senators on that panel starts today.