Nulty holds lead after first by-election count

The final tally of the first count in the Dublin West by-election shows that Labour's Patrick Nulty has 24.3% of the votes with Fianna Fáil's David McGuinness close by on 21.7%.

The final tally of the first count in the Dublin West by-election shows that Labour's Patrick Nulty has 24.3% of the votes with Fianna Fáil's David McGuinness close by on 21.7%.

Socialist Ruth Coppinger is third on 21%, while Fine Gael's Eithne Loftus is lagging on 14.8%, Sinn Féin is on 9% and the Greens are on 5%.

McGuinness was only able to bag 623 first preference votes at the General Election when the late Brian Lenihan took the fourth and final seat here to become the only Fianna Fáil TD in Dublin.

Turnout was 49%.

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