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.

 

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