Parker eliminated as Flaherty edges ahead in race for third Longford/Westmeath seat

Liam Cosgrove

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Liam Cosgrove

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Dom Parker gone

Solidarity People Before Profit candidate Dom Parker has been eliminated

Fianna Fáil's Joe Flaherty has edged closer to claiming one of Longford/Westmeath's four constituency seats following the elimination of Solidarity People Before Profit candidate Dom Parker.

Cllr Flaherty secured the highest number of votes on the third count which saw votes from Independent candidates Donal Jackson and Frank Kilbride being redistributed.

The Longford town based Fianna Fáil councillor took in 52 votes, taking him to 7,755, almost 900 votes ahead of Kevin 'Boxer' Moran and over 1,000 ahead of Fine Gael's Peter Burke.

Mr Parker's 322 votes are now being redistributed.

Count Three

BURKE, Peter (FG): 6,635 + 10 6,645
CARRIGY, Micheál (FG): 6,350 + 48 6,398
FLAHERTY, Joe (FF): 7,703 + 52 7,755
HEAVIN, Louise (Green Party): 2397 +13 2,410
KAVANAGH, Anna (Ind): 363 + 34 397
MANGAN, Alan Budda (Lab): 1,949 + 8 1,957
MCFADDEN, Gab (FG): 1,416 + 6 1,422
MORAN, Kevin Boxer (Ind): 6,827 + 39 6,866
PARKER, Dom (Sol PBP): 314 +8 322
REYNOLDS, James (NP): 1001 +19 1020
SMYTH, Barbara (Sol PBP): 478 +5 483
TROY, Robert (FF): 9,384 +15 9,399

Dom Parker (Sol PBP) has been eliminated with his votes now being redistributed.