Election 2014: Some Good News For Labour As Terry O’Brien Retains Seat

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“Well done dad!!…” Mark and Millie O’Brien congratulate their dad Terry on retaining his seat, watched by Terry’s mother Mary. Photo by Dermot Crean

LABOUR’S Terry O’Brien has been re-elected to Kerry County Council on the sixth count, making it four candidates elected for the area.

There was great celebrations from family and supporters when the presiding officer announced that he had exceeded the quota at around 3.30pm.

He got 65 votes after the distribution of eliminated candidate,┬áTommy Collins’ ballots bringing his total to 1,649. He only needed ten to get to elected.

It also meant Grace O’Donnell of Fine Gael has been eliminated and her 836 votes will now be distributed.

She is the third candidate to be eliminated leaving seven left fighting for nine seats.

Jim Finucane of Fine Gael is on 1,450 and will surely pick up votes from his party colleague.

Behind him are Pat McCarthy (FG) on 1,331, Tom McEllistrim (FF) on 1,284, Sam Locke (Ind) 1,253, Graham Spring (Lab) on 1,080, Johnnie Wall (Ind) on 1,063 and Ted Fitzgerald on 996.

It’s shaping up for a fascinating afternoon and evening.

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Terry O’Brien celebrates with family and supporters after retaining his seat on Kerry County Council. Photo by Dermot Crean

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