Tuesday 20 February 2018

Longford Westmeath: Kevin 'Boxer' Moran elected as Willie Penrose asks for recount

Kevin " Boxer " Moran with Ollie Kenny, James Costello and Brendan Callinan. Photo: Michelle Ghee

Tom Tuite

Independent candidate Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran was elected to the 32nd Dail for Longford - Westmeath after exceeding the 1,1056 quota with a surplus of 71 votes.

He has taken the second seat in the constituency, with Fine Gael candidate Peter Burke edging closer to taking the third seat. He currently has 7,877 votes.

Soon after the result, Labour’s Willie Penrose arrived in the count centre amid rumours he was calling call for a recount to save the outgoing Labour TD.

“Of course I’ve asked for a recount, anything 30, you’d have to,” he told the Irish Independent, adding that he was exercising his democratic and legal rights.

Senior counsel Joe Revington is at the centre with the Labour party and has been seen consulting with the chief returning officer, who is considering the request.

Outgoing TD James Bannon FG is now on 7,077 and Mr Penrose is at 7058, just 19 votes between them.

Sinn Fein’s Paul Hogan is now on 7,370 votes and is contention for the fourth seat.

Fianna Fail’s Robert Troy was re-elected on the first round on Saturday – and it is understood officials are considering adjourning the count until Saturday.

The election results in Longford- Westmeath stalled as a recount dragged on last night when it was announced that Fianna Fáil’s Connie Gerety-Quinn had been eliminated.

The recount commenced on Sunday night at the request of the Fianna Fáil Longford candidate and continued until almost 4am on Monday, when it was adjourned until yesterday afternoon.

Last night it concluded without any significant change to the original results and Ms Gerety-Quinn – who overcame local opposition to become Fianna Fáil’s Longford candidate as a result of gender quotas – was eliminated.

She was left just 40 votes behind Fine Gael TD James Bannon, pictured left, from Longford. If he loses his seat his county will not have a sitting TD.

Fianna Fáil’s Robert Troy was first re-elected in the four-seater on the first round on Saturday.

Penrose, traditionally a Labour poll-topper, had thrown in the towel and conceded on Saturday that would not get a seat - but transfers saw him make a comeback on Sunday.

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