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LIVE BLOG: Follow all of the action from Day 3 of the Local Election count

Counting at the Laois Count Centre. Picture: Alf Harvey/hrphoto.ie

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Candidates are exhausted, count staff are exhausted and members of the media are exhausted – but the Local Election Count for Laois is into Day 3.

After a long day of sorting the votes on Saturday in St Mary’s Hall in Portlaoise, the action moved to Kealew Business Park that evening where the counting started.

But it was adjourned at 10pm on Saturday night without anyone being elected and counting got underway again on Sunday where seven of the 19 Councillors are now safely in their seats. 

The LaoisToday Live Blog, which drew record numbers to our site over the last two days, is back and will keep you right up to speed throughout today.

After waiting for what seemed an eternity yesterday, we eventually had our first election when Willie Aird topped the poll once again in Portlaoise with John Joe Fennelly coming in second. 

Mary Sweeney, Catherine Fitzgerald, Noel Tuohy and Caroline Dwane Stanley are expected to follow suit today but there is an almighty scrap on for the final seat between a host of candidates.

In Portarlington-Graiguecullen, Padraig Fleming topped the poll with Aidan Mullins and Tom Mulhall coming in just behind him.  

Fianna Fail’s Paschal McEvoy had to wait until well after 1am to secure election as he took the fourth seat. Ben Brennan should be in next leaving Aisling Moran and Eoin Barry to battle for the final place.

While in Borris-Mountmellick, just Fianna Fail’s Paddy Bracken has reached the quota with another five seats up for grabs today.

In any case, stay with us throughout the day and we’ll keep you up to speed with every twist and turn.

SEE ALSO – In Pictures: Day 2 finishes with seven elections and a lot more still to come

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.