Turnout 'brisk' in Monaghan local election

There has been a brisk turnout for polling in Monaghan where the Local Election was postponed last month.

The vote was called off on May 23 because of the sudden death of one of the candidates, former Fine Gael councilor Owen Bannigan.

Today, the voters are casting their votes to elect six councilors from eleven candidates for the Ballybay-Clones Municipal Area of Co. Monaghan.

There are just over 15,000 people eligible to vote in the municipal area involved, which is the largest in Co Monaghan, representing 47% of the county.

The new 18-member county council being set up, will cover three municipal areas and replaces five town councils, all of which were abolished.

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