Election officials Pat McDaid (Count Co-ordinator) and Donnachadha MacRaghnaill at the count centre in Dundalk this evening.
With all of the boxes sorted prior to the official count, tallymen at the count centre in Dundalk are predicting Labour’s Paul Bell to top the poll in Drogheda with 1303 first preference votes with his party colleague Pio Smith a close second on 1262.
With six seats up for grabs the outcome at the moment, before any second and subsequent votes are distributed, would see the Drogheda Urban seats going to Bell and Smith followed by Kevin Callan (Independent) in third position with 961 votes (10.83%). In fourth position at the moment is Joanna Byrne (SF) with 925 votes (10.42%).
In fifth and sixth position respectively are Fianna Fail’s James Byrne on his first outing but benefitting from the strong family connection in the party with 819 votes (9.23%) and Independent Paddy McQuillan looking almost secure with 756 votes or 8.52%.
The next 10 candidates are as follows:
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It was a similar story in the four seat Drogheda Rural Electoral Area with Labour’s Michelle topping the bill with 982 votes tallied putting the first timer from Termonfeckin at 16.61% but with long time Baltray stalwart Oliver Tully (FG) snapping at her heels on 16.20%.
Kevin Callan is in third place in the Rural Electoral Area also and looks likely to win two seats meaning that one of them will have to be co-opted to someone else which is a story in itself.
Clogherhead man Tom Cunningham is in fourth place with 673 votes tallied (11.38%) with fellow shiner Leanne Saurin close behind in fifth with 632 votes (10.69%).
The rest of the pack in Drogheda Rural is made up of: