the recount is underway in Laois-Offaly, where just one of the five seats has been filled. Fine Gael’s Charlie Flanagan was elected at 1.50pm on Sunday when the distribution of John Moran’s (FG) votes carred him over the quota.
The recount was called following the 10th count on Sunday evening, when Fine Gael’s Liam Quinn, who was on 6,271, queried the count which saw him just 26 votes short of Fianna Fail’s John Moloney on 6.297.
Meanwhile, Sinn Fein’s Brian Stanley is set to take a seat, while Barry Cowen is likely to retain the FF mantle in Offaly. Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy will take the second Fine Gael seat while all eyes will be on the fifth and final seat, where a tight contest is expected.
However, Fianna Fail’s Sean Fleming looks set to hang on. Party strategists are hoping that Moloney’s eventual elimination will see a large bloc of votes transfer to Fleming, to carry him over the line.
Commenting on his own victory, poll topper Charlie Flanagan said he had no sense of victory. “I am personally very pleased and feel very privileged. It is a heavy burden and there will certainly be no honeymoon for government TDs,” he stated.