Elections 2014 Longford/Westmeath: FG's McFadden on course to beat FF and win late sister's seat

Fine Gael's Gabrielle McFadden was on course to beat Mary O'Rourke's son Aengus after two counts in the Longford Westmeath by-election.

25th May, 2014
Gabrielle McFadden at the Longford/Westmeath count centre, Keenagh, Co Longford. Picture: Barry Cronin

Fine Gael’s Gabrielle McFadden was on course to beat Mary O’Rourke’s son Aengus after two counts in the Longford Westmeath by-election, which was necessitated by the untimely death of McFadden’s sister Nicky in March. The Labour Party suffered a midlands wipeout as Sinn Féin and some local independent candidates polled well.

McFadden, always the favourite, won 25 per cent of first preference votes, with Fianna...

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