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THREE NEW FACES TO REPRESENT COUNTY AFTER MARATHON COUNT
HISTORY WAS made in Wicklow yesterday (Tuesday) with the election of three Fine Gael TDs for the first time since the formation of the state.
Known for long drawn out and controversial election counts Wicklow didn't disappoint and it was not until shortly after midnight on Tuesday morning, four days after the counting of the votes began, that poll topper Andrew Doyle was elected to the 31st Dail after a whopping 16 counts and a recount at the 13th.
Fianna Fail was wiped out as the party was left without a TD in the Garden County for the first time since 1927.
Baltinglass man Billy Timmins, took the second seat for Fine Gael after the end of the 17th count while Simon Harris from Greystones took the third seat in the county after the distribution of Doyle and Timmins' surplus vote.
Labour's Anne Ferris and Independent candidate Stephen Donnelly took the fourth and fifth seat respectively.
Sinn Fein's John Brady narrowly lost out on the final seat with only 112 votes separating the two men after the final count.
ABOVE: Andrew Doyle, Stephen Donnelly, Anne Ferris, Simon Harris and Billy Timmins who were elected to the 31st Dail. LEFT: Fianna Fail’s Dick Roche, at the Greystones Shoreline Centre, who was eliminated after asking for a recount following the 13th count.