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Second count – 6.50pm

  Electorate: 82,745 Poll: 58,495 Invalid: 579 Valid: 57,916 Quota: 11,584 4 seats Patrick Brassil (NP) – James Breen (NP) +55 to 6,546 Pat Breen (FG) +10 to 9,855 Joe Carey (FG) +19 to 7,859 Jim Connolly (NP) +24 to 1,002 Ann Cronin (NP) +10 to 429 Timmy Dooley (FF) +6 to 6,795 Sarah Ferrigan (NP) +8 to 260 John Hillery (FF) +5 to 6,020 Brian Markham (NP) +4 to 1,547 Madeline McAleer (NP) +1 to 429 JJ McCabe (NP) +4 to 252 Michael McNamara (Lab) + 9 to 8,581 Brian Meaney (GP) +4 to 1,158 Tony Mulcahy (FG) +3 to 6,832 Gerry Walsh (NP) +4 to 332 JJ McCabe was eliminated on the second count and his votes are now being redistributed.

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First count result – 6.20pm

  Electorate: 82,745 Poll: 58,495 Invalid: 579 Valid: 57,916 Quota: 11,584 4 seats Patrick Brassil (NP) 175 James Breen (NP) 6,491 Pat Breen (FG) 9,855 Joe Carey (FG) 7,840 Jim Connolly (NP) 978 Ann Cronin (NP) 419 Timmy Dooley (FF) 6,789 Sarah Ferrigan (NP) 252 John Hillery (FF) 6,015 Brian Markham (NP) 1,543 Madeline McAleer (NP) 428 JJ McCabe (NP) 248 Michael McNamara (Lab) 8,572 Brian Meaney (GP) 1,154 Tony Mulcahy (FG) 6,829 Gerry Walsh (NP) 328   Independent Patrick Brassil has been eliminated and his votes will be redistributed.

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First count expected in minutes

Parties at the count centre have accepted that there is a discrepency of up to 2,000 on the final tally figures released earlier today. The first count in the Clare constituency is expected in the coming minutes. Early indications are that Independent James Breen will be down on the tally, while Fine Gael candidate Pat Breen is likely to breach the 10,000 vote mark. Sitting Fine Gael TD Joe Carey is also expected to be up as is fellow FG candidate Tony Mulcahy. Labour’s Michael McNamara seems to be nearly 400 up on the Tally figures. Fianna Fail TD Timmy Dooley’s vote is also expected to increase on the tally as is running mate Dr John Hillery’s. These figures do not include the up to 500 votes that were disputed or deemed spoiled.

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Michael McNamara arrives at count centre

A delighted Michael McNamara has been greeted by supporters at the count centre in the West County Hotel. While Mr McNamara said he wouldn’t count any chickens until the result is official, he said he was very pleased with the tallies. He said that a huge effort had gone into his campaign. “I think it’s harder than sometimes people realise, other than those who have fought an election or been involved in an election campaign.” He also said that he hadn’t yet made plans for life as a TD. “I fought harder for this than I ever fought for anything in my life and I haven’t looked beyond tomorrow. And as I said earlier, I’m not elected yet.”   *A full interview will appear in next Thursday’s Clare Champion.

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McNamara election to build Labour says councillor

Former Labour General Election candidate and independent Clare County Councillor Patricia McCarthy believes the election of Michael McNamara, which seems certain from the tallies, can be used as a stepping stone to build the party in the county. “There has always been an interest in the Labour party in Clare. The party has never been strong enough organisationally to capture it and to build on it but even when the seat was won with Dr Bhamjee, they didn’t use that opportunity and I hope that on this occasion, once Michael is elected, that they will use the opportunity and they will build up the organisation,” Councillor McCarthy told The Clare Champion. While the Shannon woman believes Michael McNamara will be elected today she is reluctant to celebrate before the last votes are counted. “It is looking like he will be elected but I am around elections long enough now to say that until the returning officer makes the declaration I …

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McNamara exceeds core Labour vote

Michael McNamara’s PR agent Caimin Jones has said he is not surprised by the remarkable performance of the first-time Labour candidate. He said Mr McNamara had worked well during the campaign and engaged with the electorate across the county. He added that the candidate far exceeded the core Labour vote of between 1,500 to 2,000 first preferences.

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It was never going to be easy- Meaney

It’s a torrid day for the Green Party and its candidate in Clare, Brian Meaney said it was always going to be tough, for the party and himself. “It was never going to be an easy election. The electorate make their decision, you stand up, dust yourself down, respect that decision and you move on. The issues that the Greens have been campaigning on for years haven’t gone away. There are various challenges facing this country and economy that haven’t gone away and we’ll certainly be part of the solution for fixing those into the future,” he commented. However he feels it will recover and that it has a core philosophy to rally around. “Because of the ideology it certainly has the capacity to recover, given that we did get in excess of that crucial 2% nationally. that gives us the ability to get the funding for an office and two secretarys, just to make sure that if someone wants to …

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