Willie Penrose displaces Bannon and wins Labour speaking rights

Literally the last man through, at 5.30 this morning Labour’s Willie Penrose snatches a victory of sorts for Labour from an otherwise black abyss of utter defeat…

…chief returning officer Imelda Brannigan gave the latest results and Bannon with 7,081 was six behind Penrose. Following his elimination a devastated Bannon told reporters that given the close margin he will have to take careful advice on “whether or not to purse a legal option”.

Notwithstanding any appeal, with seven deputies now home, it means Labour has speaking rights in the Dail. (More later in the post-election profile for the Labour Party).

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