WITH 70% of the tally already counted, signs are looking good for Fianna Fail’s first-time candidate Mary Butler, Sinn Fein’s David Cullinane and Independent John Halligan.
Butler may have lost out in her hometown of Portlaw to Fine Gael’s Paudie Coffey but she still leads the way in the constituency. She has received 21% of first preference votes almost 3/4 of the way through the count, with Cullinane and Halligan trailing on 18% and 15% respectively.
At this early stage it appears that the fourth and final seat in Waterford will come down to a Fine Gael battle between previously elected Paudie Coffey and John Deasy.
With 70% of votes counted Coffey (14.8%) leads his fellow party member Deasy (14%) by less than one percent.
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