Longford/Westmeath by-election: first count
NO surprises in the Longford Westmeath by-election where the first count shows that Fine Gael's Gabrielle McFadden remains on course to take the seat.
Ms McFadden polled 25pc of first-preferences, with a total of 12,365 votes. It confirms tallies from earlier in the day that she is likely to be elected ahead of her nearest rival, Fianna Fáil's Aengus O'Rourke, who secured 8,910, or 18pc.
Sinn Fein's Paul Hogan did well, polling 7,548 votes or 15pc.
The biggest cheer in the count centre in Keenagh, Co Longford, was for first-time candidate James Morgan, who secured 12pc, or 5,959 - the only person in the field from Longford.