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A full recount is taking place in the Ireland South Constituency - not surprisingly as only 327 votes separate Grace O'Sullivan (Greens) and Liadh Ní Riada Sinn Fein. The transfer of the losing candidates votes could also determine the order of the winners, with the fifth candidate only taking up their seat when/if Brexit happens and Ireland's allocation of seats is increased.

Note that incumbent Deirdre Clune is only in contention because of a large transfer of votes from her party colleague, Andrew Doyle, although the intra-party transfer rate of less than 50% is low by Irish Party standards and indicates a lack of collegial solidarity within the Fine Gael Party. Either that, or Andrew Doyle's vote was largely a personal or local one and had little to do with his party affiliation. Andrew Doyle was the only major Wicklow based candidate in the far north east of the constituency whereas Deirdre Clune's base is in Cork in the far south.

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