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This is why Sinn Féin called a recount in Ireland South - Jonathan O’Brien TD

30 May, 2019 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Sinn Féin TD Jonathan O’Brien has said “a recount is the only way to ensure full confidence in result of the European Election in Ireland South.”

Deputy O’Brien continued;

“The gap between Liadh Ní Riada and Grace O’Sullivan was only 327 votes from a total 719,194 votes. 

“This morning, we had a partial recheck of the votes of both candidates. 

“To be very clear - this recheck amounted to a check of only 2% of the total votes cast and five anomalies were discovered.

“After due consideration, the party decided that this warranted a full recount.

“Our primary aim, is to ensure that those who voted receive a very accurate result. 

“We must also make certain that the candidate who is eventually elected, be it Liadh or Grace, is satisfied that they were elected as an MEP fairly and squarely. 

“Let me also be very clear on this point - Sinn Féin has absolutely no desire to prolong this process beyond the point of reasonability. 

“We will monitor the recount closely and we will make decisions which best uphold the imperative of fairness and the public interest.”

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