The end is in sight at this long, drawn-out by-election count for Carlow-Kilkenny at Cillin Hill, Kilkenny.
The eight count, the distribution of Cllr Paddy McKee’s votes resulted in the following:
Aylward Bobby (FF) + 1,876 = 22,826
Fitzgerald David (FG) +2,263 = 18,875
Funchion Kathleen (SF) +1,805 = 16,437.
With roughly 4,000 votes between Aylward and Fitzgerald, the result is a foregone conclusion and Bobby Aylward has already been congratulated by all the other candidates and by Fianna Fail party leader, Michael Martin, who arrived at the count centre to huge applause..