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Three days and 31 counts later ... the last seats in Fingal are finally filled

Anne Devitt

AFTER three long days and 31 counts, the last seats on Fingal County Council have been filled.

The result was made public just before 1am this morning.

Cheers went up for the successful candidates who had sat through 14 counts on Saturday and Sunday and 17 yesterday.

Following the distribution of the surplus of Fianna Fail’s Adrian Henchy, the remaining five seats were allocated


As with the original count, Sinn Fein’s Philip Lynam and Darragh Butler of Fianna Fail were elected early on. It then took 15 more counts for the next two places to be taken and one more for it to be wrapped up.

Independent Michael Collins, who had asked for the recount on Sunday, was eliminated after 14 rounds once again. Mr Henchy said: “It was worth the wait. I think Fianna Fail went from 15pc to 21pc.”

The list of candidates in Swords was the second-longest in the country, with 26 names.

Health Minister James Reilly turned up at the count centre at Sluagh Hall in the hope Fine Gael’s Bob Dowling would get elected but was unsuccessful.

“I think we need to make it very clear we have heard the people and re-double our efforts to give some relief and also ensure those in need have the service they require,” said Dr Reilly.

Eugene Coppinger, brother of new Dublin West TD Ruth, had a successful campaign. The Socialist Party and Anti-Austerity Alliance candidate said the whole family was delighted.