Following the distribution of outgoing Town Mayor Paul Connell’s votes, Fine Gael’s John Browne (831) and Independent Gerry Warnock (820) have been elected in the Longford Electoral area.
With a quota of 816 votes, Fianna Fáil’s Seamus Butler (774) and Fine Gael’s Peggy Nolan (745) are also expected to be elected on the next count.
The big battle is between Padraig Loughrey (630), Michael Connellan (592) and Mae Sexton (627) for the final two seats.
The results of the fifth count were as follows:
BROWNE John (Fine Gael) (+52) 831 (elected)
BUTLER Seamus (Fianna Fáil) (+27) 774
CONNELLAN Michael (Fianna Fáil) (+36) 592
LOUGHREY Padraig (Fianna Fáil) (+53) 630
NI MHURCHÚ Yvonne (Fine Gael) (+20) 534
NOLAN Peggy (Fine Gael) (+39) 745
SEXTON Mae (Independent) (+54) 627
WARNOCK Gerry (Independent) (+69) 820 (elected)
Fine Gael’s Yvonne Ní Mhurchú has now been eliminated and counting of votes has resumed in Newtownforbes. To keep up to date with the count as it happens, visit our live blog on www.longfordleader.ie/liveevents, or find us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/longfordleader) or Twitter (@Longford_Leader).