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Green Party’s Ciaran Cuffe wins first Dublin seat

Frances Fitzgerald, Barry Andrews, Clare Daly and Lynn Boylan are battling for the three remaining seats.

Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan (left) and candidate Ciaran Cuffe (right) during counting in the local and European elections (Niall Carson/PA)
Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan (left) and candidate Ciaran Cuffe (right) during counting in the local and European elections (Niall Carson/PA)

Green Party candidate Ciaran Cuffe has taken the first seat in the Dublin constituency in the European election.

He hailed the win as an “auspicious day” for the Green Party in Ireland as he topped the poll with 63,849 votes.

Fine Gael’s Frances Fitzgerald, Fianna Fail’s Barry Andrews, independent Clare Daly and Sinn Fein’s Lynn Boylan are battling for the three remaining seats.

This is an auspicious day and a new beginning for the Irish Green Party Ciaran Cuffe

Speaking after he was elected on the 13th count, Mr Cuffe said: “Today and this weekend shows young people want to see change.

“They have spoken to their parents and grandparents and the people have voted for an alternative to business as usual.

“I am really heartened by the result this evening but I am so heartened by the (election of) 48 Green Party councillors around the country.

“This is an auspicious day and a new beginning for the Irish Green Party.”

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Fine Gael candidate and former SDLP leader Mark Durkan lost out (Brian Lawless/PA)

Meanwhile, former SDLP leader Mark Durkan was eliminated from the European elections on Monday.

Mr Durkan, who ran as a Fine Gael candidate, failed to gain a seat in the Dublin constituency.

Mr Durkan said: “Obviously I would have preferred to record a higher vote.

“There are issues that were pushing the vote for other parties in this election.

“While Fine Gael’s vote increased here as opposed to the last European elections, it’s clear that a lot of people in the Fine Gael base felt very strongly that they wanted to see Frances returned and I picked that up on doorsteps.”

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