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Laois is the last county in Ireland awaiting a first count in local elections

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It’s official. Laois is the last county in Ireland to be waiting for first count in any of the three electoral areas.

Longford have just announced a first count leaving Laois as the only one awaiting a first count from any district.

It’s been a prolonged day at Kealew Business Park as we are yet to hear any official word on who has been elected.

Although a first count is expected from Portlaoise shortly, the Laois count is considerably behind where it was this time five years ago approaching 7pm.

At 7.15pm on the Sunday of the count in 2014, the Portarlington-Graiguecullen Municipal District was completed after the eighth count.

At the same stage there were seven counts done in Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick District while they were into the ninth count in Portlaoise.

Sinn Fein councillor Aidan Mullins, who is expected to be elected on the first count, in the Graiguecullen-Portarlington Municipal District, has hit out at how slow the counting is going in Laois.

“I’m fuming,” he told RTE News. “There are other constituencies that are done and dusted and we’re still waiting on a first count on a Sunday evening in Laois.

“People are frustrated and annoyed with the inefficiency, under-resourcing of staff and poor management here.

“This has to be the worst in the country and questions have to be asked and someone has to answer them. I’ll be asking them in County Hall.”

As it now stands, a projector is displaying that the first count for Portlaoise is expected in 20 minutes.

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