Monday 5 December 2016

Longford-Westmeath count adjourned

Tom Tuite

Published 02/03/2016 | 03:12

Deputy James Bannon (centre) continues the tense wait at the Longford-Westmeath count in Keenagh, Co Longford.
Photo: Mark Condren
Deputy James Bannon (centre) continues the tense wait at the Longford-Westmeath count in Keenagh, Co Longford. Photo: Mark Condren

THE marathon recount in the Longford-Westmeath has been adjourned and is set to resume today at 2:30pm.

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After a full day of re-examination of votes requested by outgoing Fine Gael TD James Bannon, the chief returning officer made the announcement at 2.15am today.

During the hours of rechecking candidates as well as their agents were allowed examine the disputed votes. After the last round of transfers Labour's Willie Penrose is thought to be less than five votes ahead of Bannon.

Both men trail Sinn Fein's Paul Hogan is the race for the fourth seat.

Fianna Fail's Robert Troy was re-elected to Leinster House on Saturday and on Monday night it was announced that independent Kevin "Boxer"

Moran had been voted in to the 32nd Dail. Fine Gael Councillor Peter Burke is set to take the third seat.

The candidates were supported by dozens of bleary-eyed supporters at the Keenage count centre in Longford.

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