Dún Laoghaire count adjourned indefinitely
Long serving Labour councillor Jane Dillon Byrne narrowly missed out on final seat
The counting of votes in the Dún Laoghaire ward of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has been adjourned indefinitely.
Ballots were examined for almost eight hours today at the Citywest count centre but there was little sign of the gap being bridged. The ballots will now be returned to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council under Garda escort and the rechecking will resume some time in the near future.
It was unclear tonight as to whether a full recount is needed in the ward which had a total valid poll of almost 15,000.
In Dún Laoghaire, John Bailey (FG) topped the poll comfortably and was deemed elected after the first count but not formally declared.
Cormac Devlin (FF) was deemed elected on the 12th count but not formally declared.
Elsewhere, People Before Profit’s Hugh Lewis topped the initial poll in Killiney-Shankill and was elected on the third count. Maria Bailey (FG), Jennifer Cuffe (FF), Shane O’Brien (SF) and Carrie Smyth (Lab) were also elected.
The final result of the Glencullen-Sandyford district was confirmed this afternoon with Kevin Daly (Ind), Peter O’Brien (Lab) and Lynsey McGovern (Ind) elected ahead of Fine Gael’s Tom Joyce on the 10th count.
In Blackrock, former minister Mary Hanafin (FF) was elected on the first count despite efforts by her party to make her withdraw before the nomination process closed.
Kate Feeney, recognised as the official Fianna Fáil candidate in the area, was elected on the fifth count along with Victor Boyhan (Ind) and Barry Ward (FG). Marie Baker (FG) topped the poll in the district and was elected on the first count with 1,797 first preferences.
Sitting councillors Jim O’Dea (FG) and Tony Fox (Ind) were in the running to defend their seats but came up short in the end.