The final three European Parliament seats in the Midlands-North West area were filled on count 13 yesterday (Wednesday), following on from Mairéad McGuinness’s first count victory earlier this week.
Independent MEP from Castlerea, Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, successfully retained his seat, taking a 14.3% first preference tally and 85,034 votes.
Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy also retained his seat, with 77,619 votes and 13% first preferences.
In a major coup for Fine Gael, newcomer Maria Walsh, from Co. Mayo, won the last seat with 64,500 votes and a first preference segment of 10.8%.
Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan was elected after surpassing the quota on count 13 while Carthy and Walsh both won their seats without reaching the quota.