The first count was due between 5pm and 5.30pm, but a collective groan resounded when it was discovered that 45 votes had gone astray and had to be searched for, prompting a re-count of all papers.
When returning officer John Garahy finally took to the stage, he announced that the valid poll was 71,661 and the quota was 11,944.
While no candidate was elected on the first count, Labour’s Brendan Howlin topped the poll and was expected to...
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