Recount was cause for delay in Ballymahon with proceedings stretching into late Tuesday night

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 Recount was cause for delay in Ballymahon with proceedings stretching into late Tuesday night

Paul Ross, Gerard Farrell and Colm Murray celebrate their election to Ballymahon MD

It's been an eventful few days for Longford with a very lengthy election count drawing out over four days so far.

Longford and Granard Municipal Districts have been filled with Joe Flaherty (FF), Peggy Nolan (FG), John Browne (FG), Gerry Hagan (FG), Gerry Warnock (Ind), and Seamus Butler (FF) holding on to their seats in Longford, while Martin Monaghan (FF) has taken long-serving councillor and former TD Mae Sexton's (Ind) seat.

Meanwhile, poll-topper Turlough McGovern (Ind) claimed the first seat in Granard, followed by Micheál Carrigy (FG), Paraic Brady (FG), PJ Reilly (FF) and Garry Murtagh (FG)

Ballymahon was the last district in the entire county to declare its first count late on Monday night with Paul Ross (FG) and Mark Casey (Ind) claiming the first two seats.

However, a recount requested by Tony Moran (Ind) and granted by Longford returning officer Nora O'Farrell was cause for several hours of a delay, with the count continuing until approximately 10pm on Tuesday.

By that time, Mick Cahill (FF) had exceeded the quota and taken the third seat. Colm Murray (FG), Pat O'Toole (FF) and Gerard Farrell (FG) also managed to hold onto their seats.

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