‘Ming’ and Mullooly to land Euro double?

There is a strong possibility that by close of business today two of the five MEPs who will be elected in the Midlands-North-West constituency will be County Roscommon-based.

The latest count updates from Castlebar in the European Parliament Elections indicate that the poll-topper, Independent MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan (Castlerea) is a racing certainty to retain his seat.

County Roscommon may well be on course see a second local MEP elected, with Independent Ireland’s Ciaran Mullooly (Ballyleague) holding the fifth position in the 5-seat constituency since counting began on Sunday.

Michelle Gildernew (SF), who was sitting in sixth behind Ciaran Mullooly all week, has dropped to eighth since Finna Fáil’s Lisa Chambers received over 9,000 of her party colleague Niall Blaney’s transfers after his elimination today.

Gildernew is still in the running as there is a chance she could receive a very heavy transfer (50%+) from current MEP Chris McManus (SF), who has just been eliminated, which may put some pressure on Mulloolly, but with a substantial number (based on sample tallies up to 10%) of Aontu’s Peader Toibin’s votes set to transfer to Mullooly, the former RTE Midlands Correspondent turned aspiring politician should maintain his lead and secure his seat in Brussels.

Count 17 was just completed this morning and the top 5 currently look like this:

Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan (IND): 106,461

Nina Carberry (FG): 86,268

Barry Cowen (FF): 84,965

Maria Walsh (FG): 84,935

Ciaran Mullooly (II): 71,933

Counting will continue into today (Thursday) with a final result possible by Thursday night.