Willie Penrose Labour, James Bannon FG, Nicky McFadden FG and Robert Troy FF elected to the four seats in Longford Westmeath. The count, which was held in Kenagh, ran until 5am on Saturday morning, with McFadden and Troy taking the last two seats.
Earlier Penrose topped the poll with 11,406 and James Bannon recorded a substantial 9,129 first preference tally. However Bannon had to wait until the 6th count when he was elected by Peter Kelly’s transfers after Kelly was eliminated on the fifth count.
Deputy Kelly wasn’t the only electoral casualty in Longford Westmeath as veteran politician Mary O’Rourke was eliminated after the second count with a total of 3,101 (3,876 on the first count).
Cllr Mae Sexton failed in her bid to secure a second seat for Labour in the constituency. She obtained 3,960 first preferences.
The biggest surprise of the day was the election of Cllr Robert Troy from Ballinacargy for Fianna Fail. Cllr Troy took the last seat after eight counts.
Full details, statistics and analysis in this week’s Longford Leader