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Four days later, election counting still isn't over

It could go into tomorrow.

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JUST SIX SEATS remain unfilled in the next Dáil – pending a recount.

Counting resumes in Dublin Bay North and Longford Westmeath this morning to fill the final seats of the 2016 election.

Late last night, there was a flurry of activity as Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran was elected for the Independent Alliance in Longford. However, a late request for a full recount in Longford-Westmeath from Fine Gael’s James Bannon has been granted.

They will resume counting at 10.30am.

In Dublin Bay North, independent Averil Power has been eliminated after a day of recounting at her request.

AAA-PBP candidate John Lyons was also eliminated last night and distribution of his 8,476 votes will begin this morning.

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Both constituencies could prove vital for Labour. If either Willie Penrose or Aodhán O Ríordán can claim a seat, the party would have automatic Dáil speaking rights.

Yesterday, the count in Dublin South West saw Katherine Zappone elected, but the Dublin South Central count could end up in the courts.

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