We’re back for Day 2 of the General Election Count in Laois-Offaly.
The story across the country yesterday was one of the same – an astonishing Sinn Fein surge.
That was replicated in Laois-Offaly as Brian Stanley topped the poll with a surplus of 5,000.
Count 2 saw the distribution of Stanley’s surplus with the majority of those going to People-Before-Profit’s Stephen Tynan and Independent Carol Nolan.
Count 3 saw the elimination of Noel O’Rourke (Renua) and John Daly (The National Party) but once again the distribution of their votes didn’t elect anyone.
So, Pauline Flanagan (Fianna Fail), has now been eliminated and her votes will be transferred in the fourth count – which is where we will begin today.
Having been separated for the 2016 General Election for the first time in the history of the state, Laois and Offaly are back together again as a five-seat constituency.
It means that at least one outgoing TD will lose out as Laois and Offaly have been two three-seat constituencies for the past four years.
However, the town of Portarlington as well as Killenard and Ballybrittas have been moved to Kildare South – and we will be keeping a close eye on proceedings from the count centre in Punchestown.
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