COUNTING of votes has resumed at the count centre in Carlow/Kilkenny with the votes of Sinn Fein’s Joe Cassin having been distributed.
And Ann Phelan, who polled strongly from the start, is set to benefit from the distribution of running mate Des Hurley’s 4,683 votes and possibly move to third place in the polls ahead of John McGuinness (FF). Ann Phelan is expected to take up to a third of Hurley’s votes.
The distrubtuon of Cassin’s votes has also aided his colleague, Kathleen Funchion who has now moved within 500 votes of Bobby Aylward (FF).
More to follow with Hurley’s distrubtion - the count to date
PHELAN, John Paul FG 11467
*HOGAN, Phil FG 10968
*McGUINNESS, John FF 9999
PHELAN, Ann LAB 1 9186
DEERING, Pat FG 8238
*AYLWARD, Bobby FF 6961
FUNCHION, Kathleen 6458
MURNANE O’CONNOR, Jennifer FF 5065
HURLEY, Des LAB 4683
* denotes outgoing