Elected on the fourth count, Ms Ní Riada’s victory took a little longer then that of party colleague and star turn Lynn Boylan, who romped home in the Dublin constituency, securing 83,264 first preference votes, enough to get her elected after the third count.
In Northern Ireland, Sinn Féin’s Martina Anderson also put in a stellar performance, taking a seat on the first count.
The three newly-elected female MEPs are likely to be joined in the European Parliament by Midlands North West party colleague Matt Carthy, who was set to take the constituency’s second seat, behind the irrepressible Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan. Fine Gael’s Máiréad McGuinness looked set to take the third seat with Independent Marian Harkin and Pat ‘the Cope’ Gallagher vying for the fourth and final seat.
In Ireland South, Seán Kelly remains on his way to securing the third seat as the predicted dogfight for the fourth and final seat continues. Late last night, two Fine Gael candidates — Deirdre Clune and Simon Harris — were well in the hunt with very little between them, while Fianna Fáil’s Kieran Hartley was snapping at their heels.
With the largest number of papers of any constituency to count, South didn’t look like it would manage to wrap last night. Dublin, on the other hand, is done and dusted, with Independent Nessa Childers re-elected to the European Parliament for a second five-year term, following a recount.
Ms Childers took the second seat. Fine Gael’s Brian Hayes took the third.
Fianna Fáil’s Brian Crowley was elected on the first count in the South constituency. He exceeded the quota with 180,329.
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