The third full count in Dublin South Central begins to decide who will win the last seat in the Dáil.

The marathon recount to decide the winner of the fourth seat in the Dublin South Central constituency gets under way in the in the Royal Dublin Society. This recount is the third full count to decide whether it will be Ben Briscoe of Fianna Fáil or Eric Byrne of the Democratic Left who take the last seat in Dáil Éireann. This recount takes place exactly one week after the original count.

It was ordered late on Tuesday after discrepancies were found in ballot papers rechecked at Fianna Fáil's request.

Democratic Left director of elections Michael Taft says the recheck has occurred because the vote is so close and the recounts are the result of bad counting. Fianna Fail's Brian Killeen who is in charge of the checking operation says both parties involved in the recount are working well together and going to court will not be necessary.

No matter what happens here today, that will be the result.

Returning officer John Ross is adamant that counting will stop at 10pm and resume in the morning if required. At this stage in the proceedings Ben Briscoe is two votes ahead of his rival, but the result is too close to call.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 3 December 1992. The reporter is Fionnuala Sweeney.

After ten days of counting Ben Briscoe took the last seat in Dublin South Central.