Timmy Dooley (FF) and Michael Harty (Ind) are on the verge in Clare, with both candidates within touching distance of a quota after the first count.

Dooley is needs just 1,200 votes to see him home with Michael Marty a further 1,300 votes behind. Both Pat Breen (FG) and Joe Carey (FG) are looking in better condition than the tallies had suggested – with Carey now 1,300 votes ahead of Michael ‘Malty’ McDonagh in fifth place.

The 800 votes of Richard Cahill (Ind), Andre Hakizimana (Ind) and Dermot Mulqueen (Ind) are now to be distributed.

 

First Count

 

Timmy Dooley (FF) – 10,215

Michael Harty (Ind) – 8,629

Pat Breen (FG) – 6,538

Joe Carey (FG) – 6,071

Michael McDonagh (FF) – 4726

Michael McNamara (Lab) – 4,472

Noeleen Moran (SF) – 4,216

Clare Colleran Molloy (FF) – 2,639

Ann Norton  (Ind) – 2,240

Mary Howard (FG) – 2,053

Fergal Smith (GP) – 1,700

Ian Lynch (Ind) – 1,494

Niamh O’Brien (Fis Nua) – 1,154

Richard Cahill (Ind) – 699

Andre Hakizimana (Ind) – 70

Dermot Mulqueen (Ind) – 39

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