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Election Briefs: Deasy tops poll in Waterford

RTE star Maura Derrane was on hand to congratulate her husband, Fine Gael TD John Deasy, who topped the poll in Waterford.

It was a long day in the count centre in Waterford.

Deasy had 10,718 first preferences but wasn't deemed elected until the third count. His running mate Paudie Coffey got 9,698 first preferences.

Officials at the count centre soldiered on until 4.30am yesterday when the final candidate was elected on the 11th count.

O'Dea takes pop at Cowen

FORMER Minister for Defence Willie O'Dea has had a pop at the political management of Fianna Fail.

Mr O'Dea came second behind Fine Gael's Finance spokesperson Michael Noonan. He had topped the poll with the highest number of first preference votes in the country last time around.

Speaking on Saturday, O'Dea said that when the Green Party announced its intention to pull out of Government in September, Brian Cowen "should have went to the park" but instead Fianna Fail brought out a draconian Budget.

His running mate, sitting TD Peter Power, lost his seat.