Browne pulls ahead of pack

By Esther Hayden

Published 27/02/2016 | 12:17

Cllr James Browne has pulled ahead of all 17 candidates with more than half the ballot boxes opened.

Tallies from 108 of the 191 ballot boxes in Wexford show James Browne, son of outgoing deputy, John Browne, is polling very strongly.

With the Gorey and Enniscorthy and a small portion of the New Ross boxes tallied James Browne is the strong front-runner with 6,090 votes according to the tally.

Hot on his heels is Senator Michael D'Arcy with 5,870 votes with Cllr Malcolm Byrne trailing him with 5,234.

Fine Gael's Paul Kehoe is on 4,772 votes in the tallies with Cllr Johnny Mythen polling also polling strongly with 3,915 votes.

Independent TD Mick Wallace is on 3,364 votes which is down on his 2011 vote but this was largely expected as he had polled very strongly in the north of the county then but this year faced stiff competition from D'Arcy, Byrne and Mythen.

Labour's Brenan Howlin is on 2,686 votes but the boxes from his heartland of Wexford town are still not tallied and he is expected to make ground once these are opened.

All the remaining candidates are under 1,000 votes. Aoife Byrne (701), Deirdre Wadding (674), Leonard Kelly (552), Ann Walsh (496), Ger Carthy (410), Julie Hogan (326), Caroline Foxe (259), John Dwyer (120), Emmet Moloney (96) and David Llody (63).

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