The chairman of the Clare Labour Party has backed sitting TD Michael McNamara to come back from the brink and retain his Dáil seat.

Speaking to The Clare People, Dermot Hayes, said that the party was in for the long haul and expected that transfers in subsequent counts will bring the Scariff man back into contention for a seat.

Expressing pride at the Labour campaign Mr Hayes said that while Deputy McNamara is an underdog in a real dog-fight for the last seat he can still win the day and be elected to another Dáil term.

Deputy McNamara’s first preference vote haemorrhaged from the 2011 election — back then he won 8,572 first preference votes that translated into 14.8 per cent of the total poll, but five years on that vote was almost halved as tallies show him coming in with just 7.8 per cent of the vote.

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