With 41 Longford boxes open at the count centre in Kenagh, James Bannon (FG) is leading the way, but could face a fight on his hands to retain his seat as a Fine Gael source claimed; “James needed to be at least 1,000 votes ahead before Westmeath boxes were opened and he's not”.
At 11.30am this morning, the latest tallies stood as follows; Bannon – 2726, Gerety-Quinn - 2135, Morgan - 2117, Troy - 1,295. Mae Sexton (Ind) is also performing well at 1,078 and as the Athlone boxes were opened, shouts of ‘Boxer! Boxer’ could be heard in the centre.
Meanwhile, there has been speculation at the count centre in Kenagh that the current tallies raise the possibility of Longford being left without a single TD in the next Dáil.
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