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Friday 19 September 2014

Roscommon electoral area: Fianna Fail make astonishing comeback

Maresa Fagan

Published 25/05/2014 | 15:28

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Fianna Fail appeared to make an astonishing comeback in County Roscommon where it looked on course in the early count stages to possibly take half of the 18 council seats up for grabs.

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First count results showed Fianna Fail outpolling Fine Gael candidates across the county to deliver two of three seats elected so far.

Castlerea-based Paschal Fitzmaurice stormed home in the Roscommon area on Sunday morning with 1,576 votes, while son of outgoing Mayor Martin Connaughton, Ivan, came across the line on the first Athlone count with 1,414 votes.

Independent Tony Ward repeated his poll topping performance of 2009 to land the first seat in Athlone area late on Saturday night with a whopping vote of 1,712, generously exceeding the quota of 1,388.

Counts continue across the three areas in the county with Fianna Fail looking in strong position to take further seats at Fine Gael’s expense.

Overall Fine Gael will do well to hold onto three out of 18 seats, possibly halving its presence in the council chamber.

Fianna Fail on the other hand could be on course to secure extra seats in Athlone, Boyle, and Roscommon areas at their expense.

The Independent vote remains steady in the county while Sinn Fein does not look like it will make enough gains to deliver any new seats.

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