GE20: Longford Councillors express unhappiness at count centre being located in Athlone

Longford councillors have expressed annoyance at the prospect of the election count centre moving to Athlone.

January’s monthly meeting of the local authority heard concern from a number of Councillors after it was revealed counting for the Longford-Westmeath constituency will likely take place at Athlone Institute of Technology, where last year’s local election votes were sorted.

Cllr Joe Flaherty, who is a General Election candidate for Fianna Fail, appealed to the Director of Services to discuss the matter with the Returning Officer to see if the decision can be overturned.

The Dail hopeful says the count centre is part of the fabric of the county: