A look at the tallymen, a traditional form of political calculation unique to the Irish election system.

RTÉ News reports on the role of tallymen in election count centres in Ireland . The tally is a form of political calculation which is useful for predicitions on where votes have gone and help in planning for future election campaigns. The data provided by the tallymen in the count centres is usually very accurate. Reporter Paul Reynolds talks to tallymen in various count centres.