Fergus O'Dowd commiserates with Green Party candidate Mark dearey after he was eliminated on the ninth count.
Drogheda Fine Gael deputy Fergus O’Dowd has gone ahead of the field after receiving 2674 transfers from his party colleague John McGahon from Dundalk.
O’Dowd now stands at 10,159 votes creeping ever closer to the 11,788 quota.
Next on the grid is his former FG colleague Peter Fitzpatrick who received 609 transfers this time around bringing his vote to 8,988.
Declan Breathnach has now slipped back to third position on 8,771 votes having received just 368 transfers from his Dundalk neighbour McGahon.
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Drogheda’s Ged Nash is now in fourth place and now stands at 8,638.
Green candidate Mark Dearey was eliminated on this count having polled 8,497 votes and the direction of his transfers could feasibly decide the issue but there has to be another count yet and the way things are going today it’s anyone’s guess at this late stage as Dearey has thousands of votes to be transferred.
Several wise tallymen are saying however that it may be so close that a recount could be on the cards.