WATCH: Laois-Offaly poll-topper Brian Stanley arrives at count centre

Sinn Fein's Brian Stanley has arrived at the count centre in Portlaoise after tallies revealed him as the overwhelming poll-topper in Laois-Offaly.

Stanley amassed 23.7% of first preference votes in Laois-Offaly. 

He arrived to cheering and handshakes in Portlaoise moments after the final tally was confirmed. A first count result is expected later this afternoon with Brian Stanley the only candidate likely to earn election on the first count. 

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