European election

  • A third day of counting gets underway this morning in the European elections.

    In the Midlands-Northwest constituency, just one of the four seats has been filled - with FG's Mairead McGuinness elected on the first count yesterday afternoon.

    Four counts have now been completed, as her surplus was distributed on the 2nd count, and counts 3 and 4 saw the elimination of the lowest-placed candidates - Independent Diarmuid Mulcahy and Patrick Greene of Direct Democracy Ireland.

    Luke Ming Flanagan from Castlerea looks on course to retain his seat in Europe, with over 87,000 votes at the end of the 4th count - the quota is almost 119,000.

    The remaining two seats will come down to a battle between Sinn Fein's Matt Carthy, former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh from Shrule and Indepependent Peter Casey -

     Matt Carthy has over 78,000 votes after the 4th count, and  Maria Walsh has over 70,000 - the next nearest challenger Peter Casey is on just over 58,000, with Achill Island native Saoirse McHugh of the Green Party next on almost 53,000.


  • On Day 4 of the European election count, FF candidate Brendan Smith has been eliminated in the Midlands-Northwest constituency.

    There are now just 4 candidates in the running for the remaining three seats.

    The result of the 12th count, which was the distribution of Saoirse McHugh's 61,957 votes, was announced just before 3pm.

    Independent Luke Ming Flanagan and FG's Maria Walsh were the big beneficiaries, both gaining over 15,000 of those votes.

    At 112, 760 votes, Luke Ming Flanagan is 6,226 votes short of the quota and looks on course to take the 2nd seat.

    Newcomer Maria Walsh is next on 96,163 with Sinn Fein's Matt Carthy on 91,396.

    They're followed by Independent Peter Casey who's now on 69,923.

    The 13th count is now underway, which is the distribution of Brendan Smith's  68,677 votes.

    It's expected the count in Castlebar will conclude tonight.


  • The final three seats in the Midlands Northwest European constituency were filled last night in the Royal Theatre in Castlebar.

    Sitting Independent MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan was elected following the 13th count, after surpassing the quota with 121,824 votes.

    Returning Officer Fintan Murphy declared Fine Gael’s Maria Walsh from Shrule and sitting MEP Matt Carthy of Sinn Fein elected also, without reaching the quota on that 13th count – with 107,198 votes and 98,732 votes respectively.

    Those three join Fine Gael's Mairead McGuinness who was returned following the first count on Monday afternoon. 

    Independent Peter Casey, who told Midwest News yesterday that he intends to stand in the next General Election, finished in fifth place overall with 78.632 votes.


  • Mairead McGuinness is the first Irish MEP to be elected to the European Parliament after voting on Friday.

    The Fine Gael MEP was returned after she topped the poll in the 4 seater Midlands North West constituency.

    Ms McGuinness was returned with 134,630 first preference votes – 15,644 votes over the quota of 118,986.

    In second place following the first count is sitting Independent MEP Luke Ming Flanagan, with 85,034; Sinn Fein’s Matt Carthy is on 77,619; Fine Gael’s Maria Walsh stands on 64,500, Peter Casey on 56,650; Saoirse McHugh is on 51,019; Brendan Smith of Fianna Fail is on 42,814 and his party colleague Anne Rabbitte is on 30,220. There is a gap of almost 15,000 then to the next best placed candidate – Independent Fidelma Healy Eames on 15,991; Dominic Hannigan of Labour is on 12,378; People Before Profit’s Cyril Brennan is on 8,130; Michael O’Dowd of Renua Ireland is on 6,897; Independent Dilip Mahapatra stands on 2,450; Independent Olive O’Connor is on 3,132; Direct Democracy Ireland candidate Patrick Greene is on 1,353; Independent James Miller 1,322 and Independent Diarmuid Mulcahy on 789.

  • The Midlands-Northwest constituency will remain a 4-seater for the next European elections, but with two less counties.

    The European Parliament Constituency Committee has published its report on the European electoral boundaries, with two additional seats for Ireland arising out of the UK leaving the EU.

    It recommends that the Midlands-Northwest constituency, which is currently a 4-seater, will continue to elect 4 MEPs, but Laois and Offaly will be moved to the South constituency which gets an extra seat.

    That means 13 counties will make up the new Midlands-Northwest constituency.

    The second extra seat is allocated to the Dublin constituency.

  • Midlands-Northwest MEP  Marian Harkin has not yet decided whether she will contest next year’s European elections.

    The Independent MEP has served as a member of the European Parliament since 2004.

    Speaking on Midwest Radio’s Tommy Marren show this morning, Marian Harkin said she has not yet reached a decision on standing for election again in 2019….

  • Just a month away from local and European elections - political opinion polls are split over which parties are picking up the most support.

    A RED C Poll for the Sunday Business Post put's Fine Gael 10 points ahead of their rivals Fianna Fail - while the 'Behaviour and Attitudes' Poll for the Sunday Times has Fianna Fail more popular than Fine Gael. 

    Sunday Times Political Editor Stephen O'Brien says the Government party may be seeing the effects of the Brexit extension.