The tally held up the constituency’s staunch Fine Gael leaning, with sitting TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor and her first-time running mate Maria Bailey leading the race for most of the day. An expected dogfight between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil failed to emerge.
Arriving shortly before the results of the first count were announced, a glamorous Mitchell O’Connor stood arm-in-arm with one of her two sons and said: “I’m...
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