Early Tallies In Laois Offaly Show FG TD Under Pressure

7% of boxes have been tallied so far in Laois and Offaly. 

With 60% of boxes tallied in her native Offaly, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy is getting just 11% of first preference votes.

The outgoing Fine Gael TD is unlikely to retain her seat, if those numbers are reflected in the count.

40 boxes out of 191 have been tallied so far in Laois and Offaly. 

36 have been sorted in Offaly and 6 in Laois. 

Brian Stanley is just slightly ahead of Barry Cowen - with both outgoing TDs on just over 17% according to Fianna Fail tallies. 

15 candidates are contesting for 5 Dail seats after the two counties were merged again after being separated for the last General Election in 2016.

The six out going TDs are Fine Gael Minister Charlie Flanagan and his party colleague Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Sean Fleming and Barry Cowen of Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein's Brian Stanley and Ind Carol Nolan.

Storm Ciara has already left its mark on the count centre in the Kealew Business Park in Portlaoise Offaly Green Party cllr Mark Hackett witnessed the incident which took place shortly after 8am:

At 10am, with twenty boxes open and six tallied in Laois, it looks like the three sitting TDs, Charlie Flanagan (FG), Sean Fleming (FF) and Brian Stanley (SF) are holding their own.  The Stanley vote is described as being particularly strong.

Those boxes in the Fianna Fáil tally are from the Mountmellick/Borris in Ossory electoral area.

In the Fine Gael tally, which has eight boxes tallied reform around Daingean and Kilcruttin, Tullamore Barry Cowen (FF) has 20pc of votes, with Brian Stanley (SF) on 14pc, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy (FG) on 11pc and Pippa Hackett of the Green Party on 6pc.  

However, it’s early days yet, with just fourteen of 190 boxes tallied so far - a mere 15pc and all up for grabs when bigger urban centres come into play

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