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Election Briefs: Labour first in Galway East

After a mammoth two-day count, Galway East elected its four deputies with Micheal Kitt (FF), Paul Connaughton (FG), Ciaran Cannon (FG) and Colm Keaveney (Lab) taking the honours.

Keaveney, who was elected on the ninth count, became the first Labour Party member to hold a Dail seat in Galway East after Fine Gael's Tom McHugh was eliminated

Outgoing TD Kitt Michael topped the poll with 12,850, while Connaughton (12,610) and Cannon (11,861) took the second and third seats respectively.

On Saturday, returning officer Derry Buckley had suspended counting for the night after Mr McHugh called for a recount. It resumed yesterday at 9am.

Mansergh now eyes Seanad

OUTGOING Minister of State Martin Mansergh said he was considering an attempt at the Seanad following the loss of his seat over the weekend.

The former Tipperary South TD said no decision on his future has been made.

Mansergh won a seat in the constituency in the 2007 General Election.

Before doing so, he served three taosigh, as a special adviser on Northern Ireland.

Spring wins his uncle's old seat

ONE of Fianna Fail's oldest dynasties lost out to a member of the Spring dynasty in Kerry.

Arthur John Spring, a nephew of former Labour leader Dick Spring, regained the seat lost by his uncle in the 2002 General Election.

His victory sealed the fate of outgoing Fianna Fail TD Tom McEllistrim.

Fianna Fail now have no seat in the three-seat constituency for the first time.

Defeat ends Haughey era

DUBLIN North Central saw the end of a Fianna Fail political dynasty over the weekend with Sean Haughey losing his seat.

The former junior minister is the son of Charles Haughey, and grandson of Sean Lemass.

He said he had not decided on his political future.