Independent Verona Murphy elected in Wexford

The count in Wexford has completed with the election of Independent Verona Murphy on the eleventh count.

Independent Verona Murphy elected in Wexford

Independent candidate Verona Murphy has been elected in Wexford on the eleventh count.

Fine Gael’s Minister of State Paul Kehoe and Fianna Fáil TD James Brown were also returned on the eleventh count without reaching the quota, bringing the count to the conclusion.

Sinn Féin’s Johnny Mythen was elected on Sunday following the first count. He was followed by Labour leader

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Fianna Fáil TD Malcolm Byrne, who was elected for the first time in November’s by-election, failed to retain his seat.

Fine Gael’s Minister of State Michael D’Arcy was eliminated on the tenth count with his transfered votes bringing Mr Kehoe over the line a battle with Mr Byrne.

Ms Murphy received the third most votes after transfers (11,849). She was deselected as a Fine Gael candidate last year following controversial comments about immigrants during Novembers by-election campaign.

Ms Murphy missed out on a seat that time and ran as an independent in the general election under the slogan of “vocal and local.”

She struck a conciliatory tone at the count centre on Monday, and thanked her family and team for their support. “I’ve been hear before and tasted defeat.”

Mr Kehoe, who took the last seat thanked his team and used his election speech to warn about the dangers of social media.

“We are elected, we will do our best for the country. But I really, really question the people who use social media in the way that they use it.”

Mr Byrne, who narrowly missed out on retaining his seat, agreed, saying it has this general election has been “a dirty campaign.” Other successful candidates commiserated with Mr Byrne. He said he is disappointed but intends to remain in public life.

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