"We will do everything we can to ensure the result is right" - Brendan Howlin on Longford-Westmeath count

The final two seats in the 32nd Dáil have yet to be decided at the Kenagh count centre

"We will do everything we can to ensure the result is right" - Brendan Howlin on Longford-Westmeath count

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Labour's Brendan Howlin has not ruled out legal action in the Longford-Westmeath count.

Counting in order to fill the last two Dáil seats in the country has still to resume, with the result of a recount still awaited.

Longford-Westmeath is the last constituency where the result has yet to be decided five days after we went to the polls.

It is understood just a handful of votes separate outgoing TDs James Bannon (Fine Gael) and Willie Penrose (Labour).

Speaking to Shannonside FM, outgoing Minister Howlin says his party will consider all options, and will take it 'step by step... we will do everything we can to ensure the result is right'.

It is believed that if Mr Bannon is eliminated when the result is announced, his transfers will elect Willie Penrose - although Sinn Féin's Paul Hogan is also still in the race.

The Labour candidate all but conceded defeat at the weekend and said he was looking forward to a return to his private life.

Tánaiste Joan Burton denied Labour was putting pressure on him to retain the seat to protect the party's speaking rights in the Dáil - which they need one more TD to keep.

The Labour leader says the ongoing events in Kenagh are 'very stressful' for everyone:

Fine Gael's solicitor Kevin O'Higgins said last night that the party would take legal action if they felt their candidate had been wronged.

156 out of 158 Dáil seats have currently been filled.

It breaks down as 49 for Fine Gael, 44 for Fianna Fáil and 23 for Sinn Féin.

There are six seats apiece for Labour and People Before Profit / Anti Austerity Alliance, while there are three seats for the Social Democrats and two for the Green Party.

Finally, 23 Independents have been elected, including six for the Independent Alliance.

You can see a full list of elected TDs here.

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