Outgoing Fine Gael County Councillor Micheál Carrigy has received an emphatic mandate from voters in the North Longford LEA after he was returned to the local authority on the first count.
As predicted by earlier tallies, Cllr Carrigy received 1,111 first preferences, exceeding the quota by 70 votes. His party colleague, Cllr John Duffy, looks set to be elected in due course, having secured 762 votes on the first count.
Meanwhile long-standing Fine Gael Councillor Frank Kilbride has admitted it looks like his chances of securing a seat in North Longford are slim. However, in an interview with local radio he said he is now considering going forward as a candidate in the next general election.
Here is the present state of play in the North Longford area:
Micheál Carrigy (Fine Gael) 1,111
John Duffy (Fine Gael) 762
PJ Reilly (Fianna Fáil) 757
Paraic Brady (Fine Gael) 756
Martin Mulleady (Fianna Fáil) 634
Luie McEntire (Fianna Fáil) 627
John Reilly (Sinn Féin) 578
James Keogh (Independent) 510
Frank Kilbride (Fine Gael) 499
Maura Kilbride Harkin (Fine Gael) 344
John Coyle (Fianna Fáil) 387
Mary Lillis (Independent) 315
In Count 2, Cllr Micheál Carrigy’s surplus of 70 votes will be distributed.