Disappointment for Longford Fianna Fáil councillor Mick Cahill in Seanad election bid

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Disappointment for Longford Fianna Fáil councillor Mick Cahill in Seanad election bid

Deputy Joe Flaherty, Cllr Mick Cahill and Deputy Robert Troy at the recent general election count in Athlone IT

Longford Fianna Fáil Cllr Mick Cahill's bid for election to join his fellow county man, Fine Gael's Senator Micheál Carrigy, in the Seanad has ended in disappointment.

Following the tenth count for the Administrative Panel, Cllr Cahill was on 57,202 votes and eliminated from the race. 

There were 19 candidates vying for the seven seats on offer and after the first count, Mark Daly, on 167,000 votes, was deemed elected. The quota stood at 141,751. 

Colehill-based Cllr Cahill, a former Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council, was in 11th position after Count 1 on 41,000 votes, leaving him with too much ground to make up on his rivals. 

The transfer of Cllr Cahill's votes have helped Diarmuid Wilson become the second candidate elected for the Administrative Panel. 

The count is ongoing. 

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