Brady with­draws re­count re­quest as Don­nelly takes seat

Bray People - - ELECTION 2011 -

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.

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