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Doherty, Andrews, Lynn Boylan, and O’Riordain to the European Parliament

Dublin: The vote counting for European Members of Parliament (MEPs) in Ireland has entered its final phase. In Dublin, Fine Gael’s Regina Doherty, Fianna Fáil’s Barry Andrews, Sinn Féin’s Lynn Boylan, and Labour’s Aodhán Ó Ríordáin have been elected as MEPs.

Doherty and Andrews reached the required quota in the 19th round of counting, with Doherty securing the most votes. Ó Ríordáin was elected with 263,526 votes.

Boylan Reclaims Seat

Lynn Boylan regained her seat, which she lost in 2019, with 68,235 votes. Independent Ireland candidate Niall Boylan secured victory after receiving a transfer of 16,614 votes from the Green Party’s Ciarán Cuffe. Cuffe, a sitting MEP, lost his seat in Dublin.

Claire Daly of Independents for Change was eliminated in the 17th round, as was Sinead Gibney of the Social Democrats. Boylan, who previously served as an MEP for Dublin in 2014, had lost her seat in 2019. Éilis Ryan of Aontú was also eliminated in the 14th round.

Counting Continues for Ireland South; Sean Kelly Secures Seat

In Ireland South, counting was halted at midnight after nine rounds and will resume at 9 a.m. at Nemo Rangers GAA Club in Cork. Fine Gael’s Sean Kelly is the only candidate elected so far from the South. Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher is in second place.

Five candidates are competing for the remaining three seats: Independents Michael McNamara, Fianna Fáil’s Cynthia Ní Mhurchú, Independents4Change’s Mick Wallace, Sinn Féin’s Kathleen Funchion, and the Green Party’s Grace O’Sullivan. Lorna Bogue was previously eliminated.

Midlands-North-West Results Delayed

Counting in the Midlands-North-West constituency will also resume in the morning, with no candidates elected after 10 rounds. Independent MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan leads with 81,663 votes. The quota for this five-seat constituency is 113,325.

Fine Gael’s Nina Carbery, Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowan, and Fine Gael’s Maria Walsh are in the running for three seats. Independent Ireland candidate Kieran Mullally, with 12,500 votes, is ahead of his nearest rival, Sinn Féin’s Michelle Gildernew. The competition remains fierce.

Counting will resume at 9 a.m. with the redistribution of 15,283 votes from Green Party candidate Pauline O’Reilly, who is the 12th candidate to be eliminated. Only seven rounds of counting have been completed in Castlebar, and it is anticipated that the results may be announced on Thursday or Friday.

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