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.



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