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Keaveney and Geraghty could both take a seat in Ballinasloe

Saturday, 25th May, 2019 7:34pm

Story by Siobhan Holliman
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Keaveney and Geraghty could both take a seat in Ballinasloe

Votes being sorted at Leisureland. Photo: Ray Ryan

Keaveney and Geraghty could both take a seat in Ballinasloe

Votes being sorted at Leisureland. Photo: Ray Ryan

 

 

WITH nearly all of the boxes in the six-seater Ballinasloe area tallied, a massive canvassing achievement could be on the cards in the northern part of the extended constituency.

Fine Gael’s Peter Keaveney in Glenamaddy and Independent Declan Geraghty are neck and neck in the northern part of the constituency and there is a strong possibility that both could be elected.

The area makes up the largest part of what was formerly in the Tuam electoral area and it was speculated that only one candidate would be able to win a seat there.

However, from the tallies, it appears that the two candidates are on track to sweep nearly 3,000 votes between them and if transfers go their way, both could be elected.

Ind Tim Broderick has polled extremely well is on track to retain his seat while Fianna Fail’s Michael Connolly from Moylough looks like to be the sole Fianna Fail candidate to get a seat in this area.

Environmental campaigner Aisling Dolan has surprised pundits with her strong performance in Ballinasloe urban areas and has out-polled FG’s Michael Finnerty and FF’s Mike Kelly.

Fine Gael’s Aidan Donohoe on just under six per cent is anxiously waiting to see how surpluses and transfers work out during the count as to whether he can hold on to his seat.

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