AFTER three successive General Election defeats, Sinn Fein’s David Cullinane has finally been voted into the Dail fourteen years after first running for election.
The 41-year-old has been the primary figure for the party in Waterford since the turn of the millennium and after seeing a steady rise in votes from 2,955 in 2002 to 5,342 in 2011, he is finally set for a place in the Dail.
Cullinane gathered 18.8% of the first preference votes across the constituency, second only to Fianna Fail’s Mary Butler.
While in previous years he suffered due to a lack of transfers, a problem for the party nationally, he was close enough to meeting the quota based on the strength of his first preferences. On the 6th count he met the magic number and became Sinn Fein’s first TD in the Waterford constituency since Caitlin Brugha in the 1920’s.