John Browne tops poll in Longford
It took more than 14 hours for the first count to come and it largely confirmed tallymen figures arrived at much earlier in the afternoon. Browne surprised many to win 727 votes with Fianna Fail’s Seamus Butler a close second on 699. Fine Gael’s Peggy Nolan and independent Gerry Warnock looked assured of taking the next two seats. However, there is a dogfight for the remaining two berths between former Progressive Democrats TD Mae Sexton and Fianna Fail candidates Michael Connellan and Padraig Loughrey.
It is expected that a number of eliminations will be needed before the first seat is filled.