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Fine Gael won't challenge Longford/Westmeath outcome in courts

Story by Paul Hughes

Friday, 11th March, 2016 5:05pm

Fine Gael won't challenge Longford/Westmeath outcome in courts

Former Fine Gael TD James Bannon

Fine Gael has decided not to pursue legal action with regard to the outcome of the general election count in Longford/Westmeath.

The decision was confirmed by Fine Gael press office this evening.

A legal challenge was expected after a six-day count in Kenagh saw incumbent FG deputy James Bannon lose his seat, with Labour's Willie Penrose taking the fourth seat in the constituency.

A second recount was called by Bannon who was found to be just a handful of votes behind Penrose on the 13th count, and facing elimination.

The recount concluded that Bannon was six votes behind Penrose, leaving Longford without a TD.

Bannon indicated that he would challenge the outcome in the courts, but the Legan man now appears set to run for election to the Seanad.

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