Trinity student, Tate Donnelly has failed in his bid to secure a seat in the 33rd Dáil. Donnelly was standing as a Green Party candidate in the Cavan-Monaghan constituency.
Donnelly was the youngest candidate contesting Election 2020. He was eliminated tonight on the eighth count with a final total of 4,187 votes.
The count in the Cavan-Monaghan constituency remains ongoing, with three of the five seats currently filled.
In his campaign announcement, Donnelly admitted that it would be “a tough battle to win a seat”, describing it as a “daunting task” but one that to which he would “give it absolutely everything I have”.
Donnelly is a third-year mathematics and economics student, and is the current chair of Trinity Young Greens. Donnelly addressed his campaign towards younger people, focusing on climate change, economic issues, and mental health in his campaign announcement.
He claimed that Cavan and Monaghan had been left behind with regards to these issues. He stated a vote for him would be a “young, progressive vote”.
The Green Party has so far secured 10 seats from the election, already far surpassing their total of 3 from the last Dáil.
Trinity’s Conchuir Ó Raidaigh also missed out on a seat in this election, narrowly losing out to Fianna Fáil candidate Paul McAuliffe for the final seat in Dublin North-West.
Trinity student and Cork County Councillor James O’Connor was successful in securing election for his Party, Fianna Fail, in the constituency of Cork East.