Outgoing Labour TD Michael McNamara was granted a full re-count in the General Election by returning officer Pat Wallace as the proceedings in the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon stretched as far as 3.30am on Sunday morning.
In a marathon count, the Labour TD was eliminated after the end of the 12th count but after consultation with the returning officer it was agreed that there should be a full re-count that will begin at 11am.
Speaking to The Clare People, Deputy McNamara said he made the move to seek a re-count “to be sure to be sure”.
“The reality is that for a wide variety of reasons, if I got ahead of Michael McDonagh there is a chance of getting a large proportion of his vote and without being in anyway disparaging towards Michael, because my party (Labour) was in coalition with Fine Gael for the last five years it was a lot less likely that my votes would transfer to him in sufficient numbers to put him over,” he added.
Continuing the Labour TD revealed how it was “an incredibly tough campaign” for a number of different reasons. “Both my parents are in hospital and I would like to take the opportunity to pay tribute to the care they are receiving in St Joseph’s and Ennis General Hospital,” he said.
“I feared that as happened in the local election that attitudes to the Labour Party would harden in the course of the campaign and I could feel it happen. I was in Ennis yesterday and I could feel it when people in the street wouldn’t look you in the eye. You know you’re for the drop,” he added.
But in living to fight another day that begins this morning, Deputy McNamara said it was “unlikely” that he would succeed in bridging the gap of 85 votes between himself and Michael McDonagh.
“We will find out after 11am,” he added.

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