Kehoe survives recount as Mythen concedes defeat

by Esther Hayden

Published 29/02/2016 | 18:46

Elected Michael and Paul
Elected Michael and Paul
Election speeches
Election speeches
Election speeches
Election speeches
Elected Michael and Paul
Michael D'Arcy, Brendan Howlin, John Garahy and Paul Kehoe
Election speeches
Paul Kehoe

Paul Kehoe survived a tense recount on Monday to take the fifth and final seat in Wexford.

Just 52 votes separated Kehoe and Sinn Fein's Johnny Mythen when Mythen called for a recount at 5.45am on Sunday morning, nearly 21 hours into the count.

At the end of the 14th and final count Paul Kehoe had a vote of 9,704, 52 more than Johnny Mythen’s 9,652. The gap between Kehoe and Mythen had been widening but with Mythen picking up 247 transfers from Mick Wallace’s surplus it put him back in contention for the fifth and final seat.

On Monday the votes of Paul Kehoe, Johnny Mythen, Michael D’Arcy, Mick Wallace, James Browne, Brendan Howlin as well relevant non-transferable votes were rechecked and there was no change in the votes.

At that stage Johnny Mythen conceded defeat and Fine Gael’s Michael D’Arcy and Paul Kehoe were then deemed elected without reaching the quota of 11,944.

Brendan Howlin, James Browne and Mick Wallace had all been elected in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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