Maurice Shortall (Labour) was elected on the first count in the North Kilkenny electoral area at around 10.40pm on Friday night. He exceeded the quota by 187 votes.
The first count also assured the election of Mary Hilda Cavanagh (FG) on 1,440, a mere 38 votes shy of the quota. Pat Millea (FF); Pat Fitzpatrick (FF) ended up on 1,139 votes each, ensuring their election also.
Catriona Redmond (Sinn Fein) on 947 votes will fight the last seat with Fine Gael’s John Brennan who is on 649. There are two more FG candidates in the race, making it too close to call
Result of first count in North Kilkenny electoral area
Total poll 17,610
Valid poll 10,339
Number of seats 6
Brennan John Fine Gael 649
Byrne Thomas Fine Gael 501
Cavanagh Mary Hilda Fine Gael 1,440
Dowling Jamie Non Party 181
Fenlon Keating Maria, Fianna Fáil 708
Ferris Gerard Non Party 412
Fitzpatrick Joan Fine Gael 505
Fitzpatrick Pat Fianna Fáil 1,139
Millea Pat Fianna Fáil 1,139
McCarthy Michael Fianna Fáil 1,053
Redmond Catríona Sinn Féin 947
Shortall Maurice Labour Party 1665
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