Is the Irish voting system flawed?
I give you this example of Galway East.
1st Pref votes
Kitt - FF - 6604
CONNAUGHTON - FG - 7264
Cannon - FG - 6924
KEAVENEY - LAB - 4261
BRODERICK,- IND - 5146
McGUGH - FG - 5833
CANNEY - IND - 5567
McCLEARN - FG - 5392
TD`s for Galway East are Kitt, Connaughton, Cannon and Keaveney.
However Keaveney came last out of the top 8 in the first pref vote and yet takes the last seat from the 4 seats available. If this was a first past the vote election as in the UK Keaveney would not be a TD and it would be Mchugh. Its only in count 5 that Keaveney gains enough seats to rise above McHugh!
Surely our election system is flawed when someone can come last in the top 8 and yet be a TD?
KITT, MichaelFF11.1% 6604