Disabilities Campaigner Tom Clonan Wins Vacant Seanad Seat

Laois man Eoin Barry had conceded defeat after the first count.

Disabilities campaigner Tom Clonan will replace Ivana Bacik in the Seanad. 

He won the Trinity College by-election last night, after the 16th count. 

The security analyst got 5,358 votes - beating Maureen Gaffney by 160. 

Laois Labour Party rep Eoin Barry conceded defeat after receiving 189 votes (1.4% of the poll) in the first count.

The seat became vacant when Labour's Ivana Bacik won a Dáil seat last year. 

Tom Clonan says he was shocked to win:

He will be the 27th senator to represent the university since 1938.

He says his son Eoghan will be his inspiration in the Seanad:

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