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Lynn Boylan’s votes to be redistributed following row over transfers

The Sinn Fein MEP lost her seat in the 15th count.

Independents 4 change candidate Clare Daly and Fianna Fail candidate Barry Andrews during the count of the Dublin Constituency for the European Parliamentary elections at the RDS in Dublin.
Independents 4 change candidate Clare Daly and Fianna Fail candidate Barry Andrews during the count of the Dublin Constituency for the European Parliamentary elections at the RDS in Dublin.

Sinn Fein’s Lynn Boylan has been eliminated from the Dublin constituency and her votes will be redistributed following a dispute over the transfer of votes, its has been confirmed.

Independents4Change TD Clare Daly, who is ahead of Fianna Fail’s Barry Andrews, is expected to take the third seat.

Speaking after, Ms Daly said: “We are glad that decision has been maintained.

“I was always happy with the process. We weren’t the ones who questioned any of it.

“I think the count has been carried out excellently, efficiently and very well.

“We don’t know what way the outcomes of the votes will be but at least it’s being done fairly and transparently and I’ll live with whatever that result is.”

The decision comes after the Fianna Fail candidate requested a recount of Alex White’s transfer votes on the 14th count.

Mr Andrews said: “The recount is out of caution, we want clarity and to make sure that a new legislative situation is discharged accurately.

“No one wants a cloud hanging over anybody’s mandate.

“It’s better to do it here rather than to be worrying about it subsequently.

“Ideally you would be going straight away but I am happy that we won a seat and it’s a long time since we won a seat in the national capital.”

The count was suspended late on Monday night amid the dispute after Ms Daly requested that Ms Boylan’s votes are redistributed before the final declarations, as this could see her secure the third seat.

Green Party candidate Ciaran Cuffe and Ms Fitzgerald had already been elected by that stage.

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Clare Daly speaking to the media (Niall Carson/PA)

The issue is significant because whoever comes in fourth will face a wait to formally take their seat.

The fourth seat in Dublin is one of two extras Ireland has been allocated as a result of the Brexit vote.

Those candidates who take Ireland’s two additional seats at Brussels and Strasbourg will not be able to fill them until the UK actually leaves.

Following his election, Mr Cuffe hailed his win as an “auspicious day” for the Green Party in Ireland as he topped the poll with 63,849 votes.

Ms Fitzgerald was elected on the 14th count after polling 59,067 first-preference votes.

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)

Ms Fitzgerald, a former tanaiste, said she was “absolutely delighted”.

“It’s a great vote. I think it’s very encouraging in the sense that it is support for the party’s approach to Europe and how we have dealt with the Brexit issue over the last number of years,” she said.

“I wanted to run for Europe because it’s a critical time for Ireland, (there are) huge changes with the UK pulling out.

“It’s very challenging for Ireland and a lot of key decisions are going to be taken in the European Parliament.”

Her running mate, former SDLP leader Mark Durkan, was eliminated from the count earlier 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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