Cónán O’Broin has been elected Trinity College Students’ Union President for 2009-10 in a closely-fought race. He led Cathal Horan by approximately 200 votes following the completion of the first count; Daniel Curry and Dave Preston were eliminated. Following the completion of the second count, O’Broin was deemed elected with 2,146 votes. Although he did not reach the quota, the returning officer stated that Horan, on 1,971 votes, was incapable of reaching the quota with the remaining transfers, giving O’Broin victory.
In the race for the position of Ents officer, Mick Birmingham won comprehensively, elected on the first count with 2,451 votes from a total valid poll of 4,289. Amy Dunne was his closest opponent with 1,070 votes, while Paddy O’Mahoney and Franzi Hensel lagged behind with 425 and 280 votes respectively. Birmingham’s campaign manager, Darragh Genockey, released a statement, saying “Mick would like to thank everyone who supported him, and especially those who helped with his campaign: your help is hugely appreciated. Mick looks forward to the year ahead with great enthusiasm.”
Rob O’Donohue beat Emma Keaveney to the position of Deputy President/Communications Officer, elected on the first count with 2,434 votes from a valid poll of 4,293. Keaveney received 1,718 votes.
Cormac Cashman was elected to the position of Welfare Officer with 2,434 votes (coincidentally the same number as Rob O’Donohue), beating Simone Cameron-Coen.
Ashley Cooke managed to beat a strong showing from RON (Re-Open Nominations) to be elected unopposed to the position of Education Officer.
Additional reporting by David Molloy