WATCH: 'I'm just gutted for him,' Cllr Brian O'Donoghue devastated as Pat Deering loses seat

'Represented Carlow and did his best for the country as well as the county...'

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"I'm just gutted for him," said Cllr Brian O'Donoghue after he was left devastated as Fine Gael's Pat Deering lost his seat in the Carlow/Kilkenny constituency. 

The Fine Gael candidate was eliminated in the seventh count with 7,143 votes on Monday morning. 

Pat, a farmer from Rathvilly, was first elected in 2011 and played key roles in Government - including being chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and Marine.