Howlin now expected to top the poll

By Esther Hayden

Published 27/02/2016 | 13:50

Opening of the Ballot boxes first thing on Saturday morning.
Opening of the Ballot boxes first thing on Saturday morning.

With all the Wexford ballot boxes tallied Minister Brendan Howlin has pulled ahead of early frount-runner James Browne and is now expected to top the poll.

However it is unlikely he will be elected on the first count.

The Fine Gael tally and the Fianna Fail tally also show significant differences. Fianna Fail put Brendan Howlin at 10,414 votes while Fine Gael have him at 10,255 votes.

Fianna Fail have Cllr James Browne on 9,978 votes while Fine Gael have him at 9,820 votes.

Independent TD Mick Wallace stands at 7,840 votes according to the Fianna Fail tallies and at 7,909 in Fine Gael's tally.

Deputy Paul Kehoe is at 7,375 with Fianna Fail and 7,977 with Fine Gael while Fianna Fail have Senator Michael D'Arcy at 7,642 while Fianna Fail have him at 7,875.

Clllr Johnny Mythen is at 7,244 with Fianna Fail and 7,138 with Fine Gael while Cllr Malcolm Byrne is at 6,614 with Fianna Fail and 6,032 with Fine Gael.

Cllr Ger Carthy stands at 3,251 with Fianna Fail and 3,160 with Fine Gael and first time candidate Aoife Byrne is at 3,157 with Fianna Fail and 3,230 with Fine Gael.

Social Democrats Leonard Kelly is at 1,558 with Fianna Fail and 1,601 with Fine Gael while Cllr Deirdre Wadding is at 1,440 with Fianna Fail and 1,507 with Fine Gael.

Fianna Fail have John Dwyer on 1,198 while Fine Gael have him at 1,294. Julie Hogan is at 1,168 with Fianna Fail and 1,181 with Fine Gael.

Ann Walsh is at 980 with Fianna Fail and 1,053 with Fine Gael and Caroline Fox is at 949 with Fianna Fail and 926 with Fine Gael.

Emmet Moloney is on 458 with Fianna Fail and 480 with Fine Gael while David Lloyd is at 149 with Fianna Fail and 130 with Fine Gael.

Both parties have a very similar estimated quota of 11,931 (Fianna Fail) and 11,929 (Fine Gael).

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