The people of Roscommon South Leitrim have elected Independent Michael Fitzmaurice as their T.D.
The Galway County Councillor who is also Chairperson of the Turf Cutters and Contractors Association will take up the seat made vacant by the election of Luke Flanagan to the European Parliament.
The contest was a tight one, with Fitzmaurice getting over the line in the last few counts having trailed to Fianna Fail’s Ivan Connaughton for much of the day.
He was elected on the final count (7th) without reaching the quota.
The final results was as follows
Fitzmaurice 14,881 votes.
Connaughton 12,050 votes.
Mc Dermott and Kelly now eliminated
Emmett Corcoran, Gerry O’Boyle, Des Guckian and Tom Crosby have all been eliminated.
3.30pm…..The first count has been concluded.
Looks like O’Boyle and Guckian will be eliminated
11.30am……88% of the boxes tallied in Roscommon/South Leitrim Bye-election.
Top four so far are: Connaughton (FF) 6576 (22.4%); Fitzmaurice (IND) 5646 (19.3%); Hopkins (FG) 4915 (16.8%) closely followed by Kenny (SF) on 4906 (16.7%).
10.20am…..The count is on in the Roscommon South Leitrim by election.
There are now 32 boxes tallied and Ivan Connaughton (FF) is leading the poll.
Fitzmaurice on 2614