Outgoing MEP Liadh Ni Riada, pictured with Limerick TD Maurice Quinlivan earlier this year, has requested a recount PICTURE: DAVE GAYNOR
A RECHECK of papers in Ireland South is under way at the Cork count centre in Nemo Rangers.
It comes with outgoing Sinn Fein MEP Liadh Ni Riada and Green Party senator Grace O’Sullivan just 327 votes apart.
The Kerry politician was trailing her Waterford rival by 327 votes at the 18th count when the recheck was ordered – and granted late last night.
The check will see an examination of each bundle of 50 votes belonging to the two candidates to ensure they have been allocated properly.
On Tuesday, former GAA president Sean Kelly took the first seat in Ireland South, followed by Fianna Fail’s Billy Kelleher who exceeded the quota on the 17th count.
Independents4Change candidate Mick Wallace is virtually guaranteed the third seat, with just over 109,000 votes after the 17th count.
It’s three into two for the final two seats, with Ms Ni Riada in a tight battle with Senator O’Sullivan and outgoing MEP Deirdre CLune.
Added into the mix is the fact the final person elected will not be able to take – or indeed retake – their seat until Britain has left the European Union.
It’s unclear how long the recheck will take – but one thing’s for sure, countijng in Ireland South is unlikely to be finished today.
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