Un­lucky 13 as Dick has to ac­cept de­feat

Bray People - - ELECTION 2011 -

AT THE END of the 13th count in Wick­low, re­turn­ing of­fi­cer Pa­tri­cia Casey was forced to call for or­der as a loud cheer rang out when Dick Roche's elim­i­na­tion was an­nounced.

She said Roche had asked for a re­count and re-ex­am­i­na­tion of the votes as there were only three votes sep­a­rat­ing him and run­ning mate, Pat Fitzger­ald.

To groans of dis­be­lief at the news of the re­count Ms. Casey ad­journed the count un­til 9am on Mon­day morn­ing.

On Mon­day there was a gen­eral air of con­fu­sion through­out the morn­ing as in­for­ma­tion about what was hap­pen­ing was very sketchy and it even­tu­ally emerged that the votes off all the can­di­dates had been rechecked and votes that were in dis­pute were tagged.

In mid af­ter­noon all the dis­puted votes were ex­am­ined by can­di­dates' agents and any that passed muster were al­lowed to stand.

This took sev­eral hours and af­ter the is­sue with spoilt votes in Laois Of­faly the spoilt votes were also re-ex­am­ined and shortly be­fore 8pm Ms. Casey said the recheck­ing of the votes ‘didn't ma­te­ri­ally al­ter the re­sult of the 13th count' and said Roche was elim­i­nated which was greeted by mas­sive cheer from many of those present.

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