Dublin North-West

Profile

Province: Dublin

Seats: 3

Current TDs: 1 SF, 1 FF, 1 SD

Projection: 2 SF, 1 FG

Gains

FG +1
SF +1

Losses

FF -1
SD -1

Analysis

January 2021

Yes, yes, I know. Róisin Shortall losing her seat looks wrong. I agree that the SDs dropping this seat looks wrong too, but I’m not going to arbitrarily adjust the model outputs based on feeling (though I will of course be working continuous to improve the model). I will explain here why the model gives this result.

Firstly, you have to consider that Sinn Féin’s Dessie Ellis got over 44% of FPV in 2020, and is projected to come in around the same amount next time. This is an insane number, particularly in a three-seater. It is absolutely implausible to think that he wouldn’t bring home a running mate, even if it ends up in a Cyprian Brady scenario. Hell, in 2020, Ellis’ surplus nearly Cyprian Brady’d Conor Reddy, a first-time PBP candidate who had polled less than 4% (PBP will not be anywhere close this time if SF run two).

Without Ellis’ surplus, and with SD poll numbers looking ropey, Shortall is suddenly at a disadvantage against whoever wins out between FF and FG, and currently the environment favours FG there, who would probably have held the seat in 2020 if they had had a stronger incumbent. It’s not a sure thing but right now the model favours a generic FG candidate over either Shortall or FF incumbent Paul McAuliffe. With that said, if FG run Noel Rock again, all bets are off.

Now, with that said, Shortall is high profile enough that she might buck the downward trend in SD polling, or absorb more SF transfers than expected. But right now, the numbers indicate this will be an uphill struggle for her.

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