Wednesday 7 December 2016

Dublin Bay North: 'Recount of votes will take as long as necessary' says Averil Power

Published 29/02/2016 | 12:22

Averil Power (Independent) at the RDS Election Count centre (Photo: Douglas O'Connor)
Averil Power (Independent) at the RDS Election Count centre (Photo: Douglas O'Connor)

Independent candidate Averil Power has said a recount of votes in Dublin Bay North needs to take “as long as necessary” to ensure it is fair and accurate.

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The 20-candidate constituency has been dubbed the “group of death” as remaining hopefuls compete for just four vacant seats.

Ms Power requested a recount during the 12th count late on Sunday evening, pointing out there were only 67 votes between her and independent Tommy Broughan.

She said it was unclear how long today's recount would take.

"We were only on the 13th count after two full days yesterday, so we’re not sure how long it’s going to take,” she said.

“But it needs to take as long as necessary to make sure the result is fair and accurate to everybody concerned, and particularly that the wishes of the people of Dublin Bay North are carried out.”

But she added that she was delighted to have gotten this far in what has been a highly competitive struggle for seats.

“We have come from nowhere and have built an organization and a campaign within a matter of months and have come within a few dozen votes of people like Tommy Broughan, who’s been a TD here since 1992,” she said. 

“Finian McGrath is at risk of losing his seat,” she added. “We have two ministers here, five sitting TDs contesting nine councillors, [and] myself as a senator.”

The recount began at 11am on Monday.

The big news so far has been that Fine Gael Richard Bruton, who launched a failed heave against Enda Kenny in 2010, was the first to pass the quota of 12,271.

Speaking after the announcement, he thanked his family and supporters.

He also moved to play downplay the possibility of his throwing his hat in the ring in a leadership contest for Fine Gael.

Fianna Fáil’s candidate Sean Haughey also looks set to the cross the line today.

Meanwhile, the loss of Terence Flanagan has been a notable high-profile casualty, after he was eliminated on the ninth count with 3,588 votes.

Sitting TDs Tommy Broughan, Finian McGrath (independent) and Labour's Aodhan O'Riordain are all still in the running.

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