Laois local election candidates call for a recount of votes as it gets 'down to the wire'

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

Laois local election candidates call for a recheck of votes as it gets 'down to the wire'

Independent local election candidate Brendan Phelan has said he and a number of other candidates are calling for a recheck of votes in the Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick electoral area. 

Phelan told the Leinster Express 'it is down to the wire'.

"We are looking for the votes to be rechecked. There is such a small difference between three candidates we owe it to the people who supported us to make sure they are exact.

"The three lowest candidates, myself and David Goodwin want them all rechecked. We think it is our entitlement so we are going to use that opportunity because it is so close.

"We just want to be sure that there is no discrepancy, there is always a possibility. It's gone to the wire," he said. 

Cllr David Goodwin said he wants a recount in the Mountmellick/Borris-in-Ossory because of the 'insignificant difference'. A small number of votes could see Cllr Goodwin lose his long-held seat.

FG newcomer Conor Bergin appears to be in line for the last seat and has no issue with the count. 

Here's how the Mountmellick/Borris-in-Ossory area stood at the last count:

NINTH COUNT RESULT - Laois local election ninth count Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick #LE19 - following Paddy Bracken's surplus 48 votes

Conor Bergin - Fine Gael - 1,198

Ollie Clooney- Non-party - 1,334

David Goodwin - Fine Gael - 1,169

John King - Fine Gael - 1,357

Seamús McDonald - Fianna Fáil - 1,710

Brendan Phelan - Non-party - 1,186

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