belvoboy, i think an interesting case study is with deirdre heney in DNC in 92. While she polled very high number fo first prefs her transfers were quitre poor and she reccived the least out of all the FF candiates and when they were in the count less than Md Dowell, Mc Grath, maher, amnd Bruton.
I actaully imagined that FF maight have taken the three seats as I thought that heney would get a lot of trransfers. She didn't. That said her first pref was good so maybe voters who 'fancied' her jsut went for her as their first pref.