First Candidate Has Been Elected In Laois Offaly

The out-going TD exceed the quota on the first count.

Sinn Fein has taken the first seat in Laois Offaly. 

Brian Stanley has topped the poll with 16,654 first preference votes -surpassing the quota of 11,571 

The out-going TD was returned to the 33rd Dail on the first count. 

According to the tallies, Fianna Fail's Barry Cowen and Sean Fleming are also set to be re-elected along with Fine Gael's Minister Charlie Flanagan. 

However, it's going to be a long wait for his party colleague Marcella Corcoran as she looks set to lose her seat as she battles it out with Independent Carol Nolan and Fianna's Fail Peter Ormond. 

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