Saturday 19 October 2019

Recheck on 5,000 votes to decide winner of last seat in local elections

Sam Griffin

THE battle for the last seat in these local elections will be decided by a recheck on some 5,000 votes in the Dun Laoghaire local electoral area.

Labour candidate and sitting Cllr Jane Dillon Byrne is slogging it out with Fine Gael's Mary Fayne for the eight and final seat.

First preference votes actually placed the Labour candidate 20 votes ahead of her Fine Gael opponent. But over 15 counts, the movement of transferred votes saw the two continually leapfrog each other. At one stage  just one vote separated the candidates.

Dillon Byrne took the lead after the eighth count until the 12th when Frayne reasserted her dominance. The Fine Gael candidate held onto that position to take the seat by just 18 votes, before a recheck was ordered by Dillon Byrne.

With two-thirds of the recheck completed, the difference had been reduced to nine votes and the final third of the 14,968 will now be examined.

Fine Gael and the PBPA have each taken two seats in Dun Laoghaire LEA with Fianna Fail, the Green Party, and the Independents taking one each.

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