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All MEPs elected in Midlands North West after four days of counting

Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuinness was elected to the first of the four seats on Monday after counting began in Castlebar, Co Mayo, on Sunday.

Luke Flanagan discusses the numbers with Green Party leader Eamon Ryan (Aoife Moore/PA)
Luke Flanagan discusses the numbers with Green Party leader Eamon Ryan (Aoife Moore/PA)

Counting in the Midlands North West constituency has ended after Luke “Ming” Flanagan, Fine Gael’s Maria Walsh and Sinn Fein’s Matt Carthy were elected as MEPs.

Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuinness was elected to the first of the four seats on Monday after counting began in Castlebar, Co Mayo, on Sunday.

She will return to Brussels with a huge mandate of 134,630 votes – the quota for election stands at 118,986.

Incumbent independent MEP Mr Flanagan was re-elected over the quota, while Ms Walsh and Mr Carthy filled the seats under the quota.

Rising star of the Green Party Saoirse McHugh was eliminated in the early hours of Wednesday morning, but independent failed presidential candidate Peter Casey remained in the race.

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Sinn Fein candidate Matt Carthy with party leader Mary Lou McDonald at the count centre in Castlebar, Co Mayo (Brian Lawless/PA)

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald visited the count centre on Wednesday.

She hailed Mr Carthy’s performance and “positive campaign” amid a turbulent time for the party, which polled badly in the local elections over the weekend.

Fine Gael newcomer Ms Walsh is now headed for Brussels on Wednesday evening, after her vote count significantly increased from transfers from other candidates.

Fianna Fail fielded two candidates in Anne Rabbitte, who was eliminated on Tuesday night, and Brendan Smith, who was eliminated on Wednesday afternoon.

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