Saturday 10 December 2016

Dublin South-West: Zappone through after two days of recounts

Published 01/03/2016 | 02:30

Senator Zappone after being told that the ballot check did not change the original verdict. Photo: RollingNews.ie
Senator Zappone after being told that the ballot check did not change the original verdict. Photo: RollingNews.ie

Katherine Zappone has taken the final seat in Dublin South West following two days of rechecks and recounts at the request of Fine Gael.

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Late last night the returning officer informed candidates he was satisfied the recounts had not changed the initial result.

The former senator said she was thrilled to be an Independent female TD entering the 32nd Dáil for her constituency.

"As I said at the beginning I really respect the democratic process... I can imagine that Anne-Marie Dermody is feeling the loss and I offer her my support," she said.

"Politics is a tough game, even though I haven't been in it very long."

The news that the long stalemate was over was met with applause and cheers from supporters of Ms Zappone, who rose to prominence during the marriage referendum.

Solicitor Anne-Marie Dermody lost out on the 16th count by some 152 votes following a large transfer of votes to Ms Zappone. Former Tánaiste Michael McDowell was among her supporters.

After rechecks the gap narrowed to 120 votes, but it was largely considered to big a gap to close.

Others candidates who won seats in the five-seat constituency are Fianna Fáil's John Lahart, Fine Gael's Colm Brophy, Anti-Austerity Alliance candidate Paul Murphy and Sinn Féin's Sean Crowe.

Irish Independent

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