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.

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