Brady withdraws recount request as Donnelly takes seat
SHORTLY AFTER 3 A.M. yester-day (Tuesday) Sinn Fein's John Brady become the unlikely hero of the election when he withdrew a request for a recount as he trailed Independent candidate Stephen Donnelly by 112 votes.
Donnelly took the last seat in the constituency and was deemed elected without reaching the quota but John Brady and Donnelly were very close throughout the election and at times Brady was ahead of Brady while Donnelly took poll position on other occasions.
As the surplus votes of Andrew Doyle and Billy Timmins were distributed, there were murmurings of recounts from both the Donnelly and Brady camps and the atmosphere in the count centre was tense to say the least.
When Donnelly was deemed elected returning officer, Patricia Casey, said Brady had called for a recount but under ‘ Section 125 of the 1992 Electoral Act she was not obliged to agree to a re-examination or a recount of the same parcel of votes as she had carried out a full re examination and recount on all parcels up to count 13.
‘I don't propose to recount those votes but I will re-examine and recount votes from count 14 until count 19.'
She said the recount would take place later than day at 3pm. However John Brady said he ‘wanted a full recount or nothing' and withdrew his request for the recount.
Speaking afterwards John Brady said he was ‘going out with his head held high and we are going to get out there and roll up our sleeves working for the people of Wicklow. I will be at a meeting of Bray Town Council later this evening (Tuesday). I asked for a full recount from the beginning but was told could only get them counts from count 14 upwards and the tally people had been scrutinising everything at that stage so there was no point in dragging people back here.
‘ There were discrepancies there from the beginning and that was why we wanted the recount. It would be futile exercise dragging people back to recount from count 14.' John said that he hoped the five TD's elected ‘can produce the goods and we were told the IMF deal was going to be renegotiated’.
John said the party would continue to grow. ‘We will be back bigger and stronger,’ he said.
Referring to the party's success nationwide John said ‘ hard work got us here and that work will continue’. He ruled out the possibility of a legal challenge on his behalf. ‘Different people are talking about taking legal action but we're not interested in any more action. We don't want to waste tax payer's money. Brady was eliminated at the end of count 19 with a final total of 9,854.
Sinn Féin’s John Brady.