Former TD Bobby Aylward looks on course to win back the Dail seat he lost in the 2011 General Election.
With 96% of the ballot boxes now opened in the Carlow-Kilkenny By-election, the Fianna Fail candidate is out ahead on 28%, ahead of nearest challenger, Fine Gael’s David Fitzgerald (21.2%). Sinn Fein candidate Kathleen Funchion is on 16%, while Reuna Ireland councillor Patrick McKee is on 9.4%.
Turnout for the by-election is around 63%, and the likely quota will be around 33,000. The following are the totals thus far:
B Aylward: 28%.
D Fitzgerald: 21.2%.
K Funchion: 16%.
P McKee: 9.4%.
W Quinn: 6.5%.
M Noonan: 5.3%.
B Gardner: 4.4%.
A Wallace: 3.4%.
C MacLiam: 3.2%.
P O’ Loughlin: 1.3%.
D Holohan: 0.5%.
N Walsh: 0.4%.
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