Longford Westmeath: ferocious struggle for votes between James Bannon and Willie Penrose continues
While FG councillor Peter Burke has avoided stormy waters and remains on course to take the third seat a ferocious struggle for votes has ignited between outgoing TDs James Bannon FG and Labour's Willie Penrose.
Both men lag behind Sinn Fein candidate Paul Hogan and by late tonight there was barely five between the two with Penrose, in a dazzling comeback, thought to have nudged ahead.
Not only does he have to fight to save his political career but also his party's Dail speaking rights were resting on his shoulders.
Bannon also had to salvage his Dail career and prevent Longford being without a TD of their own.
Outgoing Fianna Fail TD Robert Troy cruised past the 11,086 quota to retain his Leinster seat on Saturday and on Monday night Kevin Boxer Moran, an independent by former FF member of Westmeath Co. Council, was elected in the four-seater constituency.