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Final European election count concludes in Ireland

Mick Wallace, Grace O’Sullivan and Deirdre Clune took the final three seats in the Ireland South constituency on Wednesday.

Candidate for Independents 4 Change in Ireland South Mick Wallace (PA)
Candidate for Independents 4 Change in Ireland South Mick Wallace (PA)

The final European election count has concluded in Ireland.

Mick Wallace (Independents 4 Change), Grace O’Sullivan (Greens) and Deirdre Clune (Fine Gael) took the final three seats in the Ireland South following a recount in the constituency.

However, Ms Clune will face a wait to take her seat in the European Parliament.

The “Brexit seat” is one of two additional seats that have been allocated to Ireland as a result of Brexit.

Those seats cannot be formally taken until the UK actually leaves the EU.

The recount in Ireland South came on request of Sinn Fein’s outgoing MEP Liadh Ni Riada.

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Sinn Fein candidate Liadh Ni Riada lost her MEP seat in the Ireland South constituency (PA)

She had requested the recount last week when she was on the verge of being eliminated after four days of the original count in the constituency.

The recount of all 755,000 ballots began on Tuesday, but Ms Ni Riada asked for it to be halted when it became clear she was not going to beat Green Party candidate Grace O’Sullivan to one of the five seats.

The counting process resumed on Wednesday with the redistribution of the Sinn Fein candidate’s transfers.

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Candidate for Independents 4 Change in Ireland South Mick Wallace, talks to count staff at the Ireland South European elections count centre at Nemo Rangers GAA Club in Co Cork (Michelle Devane/PA)

Ms Ni Riada’s transfers saw Mr Wallace reached 139,529 votes, exceeding the quota by 19,674.

Fine Gael’s Sean Kelly and Fianna Fail’s Billy Kelleher took the first two seats in the five-seat constituency last week.

Confirmation of Ms Ni Riada’s defeat comes as another blow to Sinn Fein, after a bruising performance at the polls last month.

The party has now lost two of its four European seats, having already lost a raft of councillors in the local government elections in the Irish Republic.

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