Election Results

Elections: Gilmore gone, Ming tops the poll, Dublin vote recounted

Genevieve Carbery and Aine McMahon Mon, May 26
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  • 07:50
    Good morning folks. While you were sleeping the European election results predicted in Dublin changed quite a bit. Green Eamon Ryan requested a recount after the 7th count was to elect FG Hayes and Inep sitting MEP Childers wtihout a quota. FG's Lynn Boylan already easily elected. Just over 1000 votes separates Ryan and Hayes. A lot of votes but not much in margin of error in this constituency with an 88,000 quota. Count resumes at 2pm Read all about it here.  It's Genevieve Carbery on the election live blog. Contact me on Twitter @genevievecarber
  • 08:09

    Neither the South nor the Midlands NorthWest constituencies have had first counts so far (arra sure they've only had ballot papers since Saturday) . Kathy Sheridan has been told as they can only say in Mayo - this could go "on till Christmas" in this video from Castlebar.    But Ming's hemp suit stole the show over there.Kathy Sheridan she writes in today's special election supplement in the Irish Times  Ming "the main man, turned up early in a smart, green ensemble. “It’s the hemp suit . . . He usually wears it to weddings,” said his brother-in-law Jimmy Kelly, a quiet, sensible man often mistaken for The Edge on the campaign trail. “You can’t smoke hemp,” he added helpfully. Read it here.

  • 08:16

    "Dun Laoghaire had fallen. Clontarf, Howth and Malahide too....... It really shouldn’t have come as a surprise to them, but it did. The middle classes were turning to Sinn Féin. Dear God, it was as if Gerry Kelly and Martin McGuinness crept into the golf club during Captain’s Prize and defecated on the carpet in the members’ bar." Miram Lord is even more wonderful than usual today. Not just LOL but literally Laugh out Loud funny.  

  • 08:20
    "The claims by Independent Senator Rónán Mullen that the “Dublin media” have it in for him were sadly compounded by the realisation that voters in Midlands/North West don’t need the Dublin media to tell them what way to vote. They gave him the boot all of their own accord." more Miriam Lord gold. He's on about 5% in Midlands NorthWest.  
  • 08:27

    Eamon Gilmore surely must be waking up like he drank 20 bottles of red wine over the weekend. A special Chateau neuf de Mary Lou brand.  

    Stephen Collins writes : A number of Labour backbenchers contacted by The Irish Times last night said they wanted to see more extensive changes and an open debate on all issues including the leadership at Wednesday’s meeting of the parliamentary party. There is strong speculation that Mr Gilmore will move from Foreign Affairs to Jobs and Enterprise .
    In the locals Labour got just 7 per cent of the vote, half of that it recorded in the last local elections in 2009 and not much more than a third of the support it won in the 2011 general election.

    Ouch. Alka Seltzer won’t fix this.

  • 08:38

    If you're wondering what our friends in Europe will make of our Euroskeptic/Eurocritical picks - including Lynn Boylan and Ming - worry not - we're not the only ones. Ours are to the left but many others countries' euroskeptic picks are to the right.  
    "A sharp rise in support for independent and Eurosceptic parties from countries as diverse as Denmark and France is the big story," Suzanne Lynch writes today.  "Although mainstream political parties will retain the balance of power in the next European Parliament, the protest vote is nonetheless substantial, indicating a deep-seated frustration with mainstream politics."

  • 08:41

    Speaking of Euroskeptics - Nigel Farage is grinning.  The UK Independence Party (UKIP) has beaten Labour and the Conservatives to win the largest share of the vote in the European Parliament elections. Yes THE LARGEST SHARE OF THE VOTE!  

    The UK had seen “an earthquake because never before in the history of  British politics has a party seen to be an insurgent party ever topped  the polls in a national election”, Mark Hennessy  writes from London.

  • 08:47
    If political reporting later today is a little ropey, contains type-os or lots of throat clearing, yawning, coughing, and the broadcasters look a little dark under the eyes. Be forgiving. They've been on a political all-night bender (alcohol free).  
  • 08:54

    So winning a seat won’t get you forgiven for rebellion in Fianna Fail it seems. Mary Hanafin “wasn’t on the ballot paper as a Fianna Fail candidate” and “wasn’t ratified by the Fianna Fail party” FF TD Sean Fleming has said in the past few minutes on RTE of the newly elected Blackrock Councillor who won a seat with FF’s Kate Feeney also winning, despite Micheal Martin’s appeal for her not to run. “The future Mary Hanafin is a matter for the party to decide in the coming weeks”.

    OH DEAR. Gulp. Be Afraid. Nobody messes with the boss of the family.

  • 08:58

    Speaking of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown. In nearby Dun Laoghaire the counting of votes "l has been adjourned indefinitely."  Labour requested that ballots be rechecked after long-serving councillor Jane Dillon Byrne lost out on the final seat to Mary Fayne of Fine Gael by a margin of some 20 votes.  OK THEN.

     In Dún Laoghaire, John Bailey (FG) Cormac Devlin (FF), Ossian Smyth (Green); Michael Merrigan (Ind); Patricia Stewart(FG); Karl Gill (PBP); Melisa Halpin (PBP); and Ms Fayne were all on course to take seats .  See official results from DL Rathdown here.  

  • 09:00
    What Kimye is honeymooning here....***abandons liveblog and races to Cork****
  • 09:02
    Someone saw Childers coming. The rest of us were blindsided by the bright lights of a Green resurrection.
  • 09:07
    “It reminds me of D-Day. Depending on what little amphibious craft you’re in, some guys land on beaches and don’t get much fire. Others arrive and as soon as the door opened they’re mown down. This was an election where our candidates were landing on the wrong beach.” Dublin's reflective Labour Lord Mayor and outgoing councillor Oisin Quinn speaks to Patrick Freyne who takes a look at the many losers in this sea-change election.  
  • 09:27

    Last results in from Kildare overnight where the count ended at the ungodly hour of 3.10am. The big victory on the council is for women. Alison Healy reports: there were just two women out of 25 representatives on the last council. Now Kildare voters have elected ten women, three of whom are Sinn Féin newcomers

    Fianna Fáil now holds 12 seats on the 40-seat council. Fine Gael and Independents hold nine each while Sinn Féin and Labour have five seats each. Read results from Kildare here.

  • 09:30
    More Fianna Fail wins from Sligo overnight when the count finished at 3am. Marese McDonagh writes that five outstanding seats were filled – by four Fianna Fail candidates and one Fine Gael representative.  There were a number of surprises in this constituency including the election of some unfamiliar faces — Independent Marie Casserly, People Before Profit representative Seamie O’Boyle and Sinead Maguire of Fine Gael who bucked the trend, as many of her experienced party colleagues lost their seats. Sinn Fein returned two candidates including veteran councillor Sean MacManus and newcomer Thomas Healy. It was a bad election for Labour in Sligo as elsewhere, as the party’s only sitting councillor Jim McGarry failed to get re-elected. Read Sligo results here.
  • 09:36

    So what's the phrase of the election? Is it Shellacking?  transfer friendly? health warning? Or Sinndependence day?

    ON Shellacking: "In its original meaning, the word has no violent undertones. It refers to an old-fashioned varnishing process, using resin, which is now mainly reserved for “high-quality antiques”.

    Apt as that last term might seem for the current Labour leadership, it’s hardly what Ms Burton had in mind. More likely, she was thinking of shellacking’s slang sense, first used in US criminal circles, in which it means “a bad beating”. writes Frank McNally today.

  • 09:52
    I've just found the last of the Chateau Neuf de Mary Lou. Gerry has it.  
  • 09:56

    The newly crowned king of the councils has spoken. Gerry Adams gives the Government a "notice to quit" in a blog post this morning.  

    "The EU and local government elections have allowed the public to pass judgement on this government. It should go. That would be the right thing to do."he writes.

  • 10:09
    Extreme right-wing, europhobic National Front (FN) won the European elections in France with an estimated 25.4 per cent of the vote. Prime minister Manuel Valls said the results were “grave, extemely grave” and called them “a shock, an earthquake.”. National Front leader Marine le Pen  will “at last be served first in their own country", writes Lara Marlowe from Paris    
    In the latest from Europe:  
  • 10:14
    If you're wondering if your council favourite (or if you're a Labour voter probably your second or third preference) got through - get a breakdown of local results county by county , European results for Ireland as we get them and overall party breakdown across the EU on our constantly updated election count results here.  
  • 10:22

    Here’s another nominee for phrase of the election. “We went into government with our eyes open”. Just used by Minister for Long Election Counts and Water Charges, sorry Environment, Phil Hogan on RTE. On a widely rumoured radical reshuffle of the cabinet he said: “I don’t envy their job”(Gilmore and Kenny).

    Meanwhile Labour backbench TD Arthur Spring, who has been outspoken in recent days on Labour’s drubbing told Sean O’Rourke “We’ve more Oireachtas members than we have councillors”. See the Labour drubbing in local and European results here.
    By the way catch up on yesterday’s count as it unfolded with Hugh Linehan into the wee hours here.  

  • 10:27
    As Luke Ming Flanagan continues his lap of honour  (before he is officially elected as we wait wait wait for the count), he dispels rumours he won’t take up his European seat, making a byelection almost certain.  “Ye’ve got to talk about something when the count is on so long...,” he told Sean O’Rourke on RTE Radio in the past few minutes. “If I get elected I will go out and represent the people....it’s my intention to stay there for the full five  years but it was also my intention to stay in Dail Eireann for the full five years”. Election results as we get them here.  
  • 10:41
    Can Russell Brand be to blame?  Extreme right euroskeptics UKIP topping the European polls in UK and there was 33% turnout.   Read Mark Hennessy on UKIP here. See overall European results here.
  • 10:47
    Does the EPP know something the rest of us don't? Dublin Europe recount decision to be announced at 2pm. Hayes in third place and Ryan in 4th.  
  • 10:53
    Recounts recounts recounts all over today. Oh e-voting you wouldn't be this much fun nor would you require so much caffeine (Yes I'm getting election Stockholm Syndrome). OFFALY LOCAL:  Counting has resumed in Offaly where a full recount of the Tullamore electoral area got underway at 10am. The recount was requested by independent candidate Sean O’Brien, who had missed out on the final seat to Danny Owens(FF) by just four votes in the twelfth count, Eoghan MacConnell reports.  Offaly local election results and others as we get them here.
  • 10:56
    You think we've had a revolution at the ballot box? Trust the French to do revolutions better. But this time it's not for liberte, egalite, fraternite. Scary biscuits.  
  • 11:12

    What a platform. But it didn't get her elected. She should run in Dun Laoghaire. "In Drogheda, Independent candidate Julie Feely who decided to stand for election after starting a campaign on social media to force dog owners to “pick up” after their dog, has been eliminated. She has already said she will stand in the next general election."  Elaine Keogh reports. There's also another full recount in Dundalk Carlingford at the request of Sinn Fein.    Louth local results here.  Also a recount in Longford as three votes separate candidates. Nailbiter. I love PR STV and its wonderous ways.  

    Recounts have become the new selfie. SIMPLY EVERYONE is doing them darling.  

  • 11:18
    First count from Ireland south expected shortly. If candidates were household appliances then Brian Crowley would be a Hoover/Dyson sucking up votes - as he looks set to reach the quota with 140,000 votes to spare.  Liadh Ní Riada (SF) also looks set to be elected there.    Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly looking good for the third. A fight for the fourth between Deidre Clune (FG), Simon Harris (FG), Grace O'Sullivan (Green). Results as we get them here.
  • 11:23
    Dublin's European Race. It's become better than a season finale episode of Game of Thrones (will Eamon Ryan pull through? Will Brian Hayes survive?). "

    "Anybody who doubts the capacity of politics to surprise should have gone to the RDS in the early hours of this morning. What looked like a relatively straightforward contest for the second and third Dublin seats for the European Parliament was transformed into a cliffhanger, with myriad twists and turns, and three candidates not knowing how their fates would be resolved," writes Harry McGee.  

  • 11:28
    I know you've all been simply gripped by the EC presidential race. But it is getting interesting. Honestly.   Watch overall Europe results unfold here.
  • 11:40
    I was hoping to bring you results. Instead it's a rollcall of recounts. **plays Ryanair's extinct trumpet jingle*** "You've landed yet another election recount - courtesy of Ratoath"    A full recount is underway in Ratoath requested by Independent candidate Sean Henry.

    Also  the new Meath County Council will be devoid of any Labour seats when the 40-seat grouping meet next month. Gulp. Full Meath results here.  

  • 11:52
    I can spy out my window, nothing beginning with MEP - Emer Costello's giant banner has been removed from Liberty Hall and replaced.  That was quick. What I want to know is what the heck they will do with it? Any ideas? Blanket for Dublin Zoo's mammy and baby elephant?  
  • 12:00
    With less than 100/949 local seats left to be filled, Fianna Fail looks like being the biggest party in the local councils.  A quick look at the state of the parties in the locals  : Fianna Fail- 234, 27.5% , FG 204,24%, Sinn Fein 147, 7.3%, Others  217, 25.5%, Labour 48, 5.6%. See our full results here.
  • 12:08
  • 12:11
     Sinn Fein awaiting a second European seat to come in Ireland South. FF awaiting its first seat. Result due any minute now...... RTE's Paschal Sheehy reporting a whopping 30,000 spoiled votes, so that might be causing delays.  
  • 12:13
  • 12:24

    The only formal feminist party (with the slogan "Out With Racists And In With Feminists!" )  has been elected to the EU parliament in Sweden, with a Roma woman as its representative, Reuters reports. The Feminist Initiative (FI), founded by a politician famed for publicly burning 100,000 Swedish crowns to protest unequal pay and funded in part by an ABBA member, grew from almost nothing in polls a few months ago to win over 5 percent of the votes and one MEP.  

    A teeny weeny bit of reprieve to Europe's right wing swing. Meanwhile here some great number crunching by Women for Election shows progress (but not yet equality) in representation.  

  • 12:30
    “Eamon Gilmore should give a date (to leave)and that should be part of where we move on from here.” Phil Prendergast presumed outgoing MEP for Labour (who called for him to go during elections), has told RTE.  
  • 12:38
  • 12:39
    Ireland South result coming
  • 12:44
    No surprise Crowley Brian 180, 329 exceeds quota elected in four seater Ireland South.  Sinn Fein candidate Liadh Ni Riada comes second at 125, 309 , third is Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly  83,520, fourth  FG Simon Harris 51,483, fifth Deirdre Clune 47, 453 Fourth seat is down to  transfers.   21,798 invalid papers. Crowley's massive surplus being distributed.
  • 12:59
    The other siginficant results in Ireland South with a quota of 131,500: : Hartley, Kieran (FF) 29,987 O'Flynn, Diarmuid (ind) 30,323, O'Sullivan, Grace (green) 27,860, Prendergast, Phil 30,317, Full Ireland South results in our election tracker here.  
  • 13:04

    The first MEP to be elected in Ireland South, Fianna Fáil’s Brian Crowley who was returned for the fifth time in this election, said he was been “shocked” by the size of the result which saw him exceed the quota in Ireland South by over 50,000 votes, writes Pamela Duncan.  

    He told Newstalk that it was a “humbling experience” to get such a large vote – 180,329 in total – in what was a new electoral area.

    “I’m shocked in a lot of ways by the size of the result” he said, adding that he would be hopeful that the second Fianna Fáil candidate in the electoral area, Kieran Hartley might benefit from his surplus.

  • 13:05
    IF you 're a Jackeen chances are you know almost nothing about Brian Crowley who just received 50,000 votes too many.  "The popularity of this Cork MEP is a phenomenon, decoupled completely from how well or badly Fianna Fáil is faring in terms of popular support. His people skills are astonishing - there are few better in one-to-one situations and his familiarity with voters' names and families is impressive, given the size of the electorate. As an MEP he hasn't made any truly memorable speeches or been involved in any big political project." writes Harry McGee in this profile of Ireland South.  
  • 13:23

    Ruairi Quinn confirms Labour ministers are meeting with party leader Eamon Gilmore this afternoon to discuss results. “We have perhaps been too collegiate in order to provide stable Government and the recovery and that collegiality will have to be rephrased in the context of where we are now”
    “There is no blood on our hands....I’m not going to take lessons from that quarter than you very much” he says when asked about SF saying it is leaving principles at its door,” he told RTE’s News at One.
    Should Gilmore step down? No....I think Eamon should lead us into the next general election. ....I have every committment to Eamon Gilmore...the Labour party should full out its full term.  

  • 13:32
  • 13:40
    Is this an almost-conceding interview from the Green leader Eamon Ryan as we await a possible Dublin recount over 1,000 votes in about 20 minutes? “It was tough, I thought we were in a really good chance. In the end the three remaining candidates were within one third of 1% of each other....short term we would love to have had that seat, it might still....” he tells Aine Lawlor on RTE Radio in the past few minutes. “I think there will be a growing Green vote”.
  • 13:45
  • 13:46
    OK this is really breaking:  

    Also a recount of bundles is confirmed in Dublin European elections from 2pm with bundles being checked in front of agents, Mary Minihan reports.
  • 13:49
    More details on the no confidence motion in Eamon Gilmore at the Labour party's parliamentary party meeting on Wednesday. The gang of eight behind it is as follows:  
  • 13:59

    The Gang of Eight behind Labour’s Eamon Gilmore no confidence motion on Wednesday include some of the party’s strongest up and coming backbench performers such as Arthur Spring who has been very vocal in recent days calling for change and Aodhan O’Riordan.  

    The text of the motion:
  • 14:11
  • 14:31

    While we wait for Eamon Gilmore to decide if it’s Labour’s way or Eamon’s way, just a reminder of how far the party has fallen in numbers in this election.
    Its share of local seats stands at 5.7% (50) . In 2009 it took over 130 local council seats and in the 2011 General Election took 22% of seats. The Labour MEP in Dublin has been eliminated from the count. In Ireland South and Midlands Northwest they will be soon. Three Labour MEPs were elected in 2009 (Nessa Childers later resigned). Also in the heart of Gilmore’s constituency, Dun Laoghaire, no Labour councillor elected – but there is a recount going on as one Labour councillor tries to keep seat.

  • 14:40
    A certain Irish bookies has cut the odds of a General Election this year from 7/1 to 4/1 (Nooo shout the politics weary electorate, yaaay shout the anoraks).
  • 14:45
    More Labour rumblings outside of the G8 (Gang of 8). "The local and European election results send a strong and unequivocal message to the Labour Party leadership that a change in policy is needed to regain public trust and support.......Since being in government the Labour Party has had an increasingly arrogant approach to the public," that's part of a statment issued by Labour Youth on its Facebook page in the past hour here.
  • 14:51
    Coronation of King Ming due within minutes. Midlands Northwest first count imminent.  
  • 14:56
    Minister for Education standing firm (for now)
  • 15:05
  • 15:07
    Just to reiterate 4pm statement expected, Tanaiste's spokeswoman has confirmed.  
  • 15:17
    Arise King Ming: Result Midlands Northwest Luke Ming Flanagan 124,063 (Quota 129, 290)
  • 15:22
    Ming not quite at the quota but only 5,000 short in Midlands Northwest. Looking good for - Matt Carthy (SF) 114727, Mairead McGuinness (FG) – 92,080. In contention for third seat - Harkin, Marian (indep) 68,986, Pat “the Cope” FF (59,562) just ahead of party running-mate Thomas Byrne 55,384.
  • 15:24
    Oh while Ming was being crowned we heard that Eamon will be dethroned (or abdicate?).  
  • 15:32
    No love lost between Gilmore and Keaveney then. Surprised he didn't tweet "Renuntiatio Gilmore"
  • 15:37
    Eamon Gilmore here are your best bits. Frankfurt's way or Labour's way. It's time to leave the big brother house.
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  • 15:55
    Local and European elections?- they are loike sooooo this morning.
  • 16:01
  • 16:03
    Enda Kenny has said he was unable to to contact Eamon Gilmore (is he busy or something?) and he intended to lead Government to full term of office.  
  • 16:05
    So it will be July before we have a new Labour leader under party rules - which mean it takes 45 days for selection and election
  • 16:05
    Gilmore at podium. Alan Kelly and Joe Costello behind him
  • 16:06
    At 10.30am i informed gen sec of labour party i intend to stand down from the Labour party. I ask board immediately make arrangements reelection.
  • 16:07
    In 2011 I asked the party to tkae on responsiblity of government during worst economic crisis...as citizens we had duty to put country first....to get out of bailout... I still believe that right decision - Gilmore
  • 16:08
    It was a course that carried  high political risks-  I deeply regret the loss of candidates in election....the party must look to future.  
  • 16:08
    We must put country and people first...we must hear heed and act on the clear message we heard on Friday. I believe the work of the party is best done under new leadership - Gilmore says
  • 16:09
    I am immensely proud of the courage shown by Labour members who put loyalty and country before evertything else. It has been an honour to lead them.  
  • 16:11
    I take responsiblity for what happened on Friday....I agonised with the decision...I decided finally last night the party will be served by new leader. I intend to seek re-election at the next General Election.
  • 16:11
    Gilmore confirms stepping down as leader takes effect from when new leader elected. Ursula Halligan asks a question - he says "are you a member of the print media?"
  • 16:13
    Gilmore rules out a General Election soon. Confirms he still Tanaiste. "I believe this Government has work to complete, it's a full term Government. The way we will maange transition will ensure no instability. "
  • 16:16
    Gilmore fiinshes his resignation by saing: The party has a better chance (of renewing itself) with a new leader. The renewal of the party needs a new voice at the microphone.  
  • 16:18
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  • 16:26
    More to come on the fallout from Gilmore's resignation. The ever capable Aine McMahon fresh from the Cavan count will lead you through it,.
  • 16:36
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  • 16:40

    Nominations for the new Labour leader will open on May 27th and Eamon Gilmore's successor will be decided on July 4th. Will there be fireworks?

    Aine McMahon here - I'll be taking over the live blog until late tonight. Any suggestions, tweets or vines? Contact me on Twitter @AineMcMahon  

  • 16:45
  • 16:48
    Eamon Gilmore in the rare auld times..check out that mop of hair
  • 16:53
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  • 16:58
    Update from elections in Northern Ireland
  • 17:01

    Outgoing Labour leader Pat Rabbitte was speaking to Newstalk earlier and commented "Uneasy lies the head that bears the crown". Indeed.  


  • 17:04
    LIMERICK Local Election update - Counting has resumed in the Adare-Rathkeale electoral area in Co LImerick following the conclusion of a full recount. Independent candidate Patrick C Fitzgerald called for a recount following Count Seven where he was trailing Fine Gael’s Rose Brennan by ten votes and was facing elimination. Following a full recount Returning Officer Kieran Lehane has said he is satisfied that no significant error likely to affect the result of the election has occured. Mr Lehane confirmed the results of Count Seven which saw the elimination of outgoing Cllr Fitzgerald from the race. Just three seats remained to be filled on Limerick’s new merged local authority.
  • 17:05

    KILKENNY Local Election update - The last four seats in Kilkenny City East have been filled on the 12th count. Elected are Michael Doyle (FG) and, without reaching the quota, Breda Gardner (Ind), David Kennedy (SF) and Patrick O’Neill (FG). Jimmy Leahy (FG) was eliminated. They are still awaiting the results of the Castlecomer electoral area recheck.

  • 17:08
    MIDLANDS NORTH WEST - European count update - Independent TD for Roscommon-South Leitrim Luke “Ming” Flanagan has topped the poll on the first count at the Midlands North-West European constituency count in Castlebar, Co Mayo. “We have been quiet for too long,”Mr Flanagan declared, as returning officer Fintan Murphy announced that he had received 124,063 votes. Mr Flanagan was followed by Sinn Fein’s Matt Carthy, with 114,727 first preferences, and Mairead McGuinness (FG) with 92,080. As no candidate reached the quota of 129,290 votes, the five lowest were eliminated and work has resumed on the second count. Ms McGuinness and Mr Carthy may take the next two seats, and transfers will determine the outcome for the last seat — with a tussle expected between Fianna Fail MEP Pat The Cope Gallagher, Fianna Fáil’s “M50 belt” candidate Thomas Byrne, and Independent MEP Marian Harkin. Fine Gael MEP Jim Higgins, who polled 39,908 first preferences, conceded defeat shortly before lunchtime.  
  • 17:09
    In non election news - Former chief executive of Aviva Ireland, Seán Egan, has been elected as new chairman of the Rehab Group at a Board meeting today.
  • 17:15

    The second count of the Midlands North West European consituency count is due at around 6pm.  


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    Get your applications in now folks...
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  • 17:39
    Labour are holding out for a hero.
  • 17:45
    In the Dublin Euro count, 220 count staff are rechecking 350,000 ballot papers and an outcome is expected at around 8pm.  
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  • 18:11
    LIMERICK Local election update - The local election count has finally concluded in Limerick with all 40 councillors now elected to the new local authority. Sinn Fein’s Ciara McMahon took one of the last seats in the Adare-Ratheale electoral area. The party saw all six of its candidates elected and now has a representative in each of the six Limerick electoral areas. Overall, Fianna Fail will have 13 seats on the the new merged Limerick Council while Fine Gael has 12. The Labour Party and the Anti Austerity Allliance parties both have three seats while three Independent Councillors will also serve on the new 40 seat council.
  • 18:16
    Labour TD Arthur Spring was quite coy when asked on RTE Six One news, if he would like to succeed Eamon Gilmore as the leader of Labour. Joan Burton, Alex White, Brendan Howlin and Sean Sherlock are the other names that are hotly tipped.  
  • 18:24
  • 18:28

    MEP candidate Lorraine Higgins (Labour) has been eliminated following the second count in Midlands Northwest.  

    I think she may regret a tweet during her campaign which said "Don't send another turkey to Europe." Ooops.  

  • 18:41
  • 18:47
    No candidate reached the quota on the second count in the Ireland South Constituency. Peter O'Loughlin (Ind) and Donal O'Riordan (Ind) have both been eliminated.  
  • 18:49
    KILKENNY - Local Election result -  Castlecomer electoral area, candidates elected (six) are: Maurice Shortall (Lab) Count 1 Mary Hilda Cavanagh (FG) Count 4 Pat Fitzpatrick (FF) Count 7 Pat Millea (FF) Count 9 John Brennan (FG) Count 9 Michael McCarthy (FF) Count 9.  
  • 18:50
  • 18:57

    A final declaration in Dublin is only minutes away apparently, but don't shoot me if it's not!

    It looks like Brian Hayes (Fine Gael) and Nessa Childers (Ind) will join Lynn Boylan (Sinn Fein) as MEP's for Dublin.

    We should find out a result soon enough... .

  • 19:02
    Dublin European elections result -   Nessa Childers (Ind) and Brian Hayes (Fine Gael) have been confirmed as MEPs for Dublin after the Green Party's Eamon Ryan's recount failed.
  • 19:13

    Our Southern Correspondent Barry Roche has the latest on the Ireland South European count -  

    "Sinn Fein’s Liadh Ni Riada will have to wait a little longer before she’s elected to the European Parliament after she failed to pick up enough transfers from Brian Crowley’s surplus on the second count in Ireland South to bring her over the quota. Ms Ni Riada picked up 4,648 or 9.51pc of Mr Crowley’s surplus of 48,429 to add to her first count vote of 125,309 but it still left her 1,543 short of the quota of 131,500 for the sprawling four seat constituency. Returning officer, Martin Harvey has announced his next step is the elimination of Independents, Donal O’Riordain and Peter O’Loughlin on 1,766 and 7,000 respectively but it looks unlikely that Ms Ni Riada will get enough transfers on that count and will have to wait for the 4th count. Elsewhere Deirdre Clune picked up 4,397 transfers from Mr Crowley compared to 2,429 for running mate Simon Harris which narrowed the gap between the two Fine Gael contenders to 2,062 while Sean Kelly picked up 8,522 from Mr Crowley to stay on course for the third seat on 92,042 votes."

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    Interesting stats from Northern Ireland...
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    Nessa Childers (Ind) who was confirmed as an MEP for Dublin earlier this evening.  
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    Lorna Siggins has some colour from the Castlebar count centre following Luke Ming Flanagan's election to the European Parliament :-  

    "Chanting “championes” as he was hoisted on supporters’ shoulders in the Castlebar count centre, Mr Flanagan roared: “we have been quiet for too long, we have been lied to for too long.” “Now the government has been told definitively that the people of Ireland are sick and tired of being told what to do by Europe,” he told reporters. “If Europe doesn’t like what the Irish people think, then I think we need to go one step further and reconsider our membership of this very very bad union,”he said.  

    “One of the benefits of electing me to Europe is that you will get a compassionate Euroscepticism,”Flanagan continued, making it clear that he would have “no truck” with the UK Independence Party (UKIP).

    “19 out of the 20 people in my house, and my wife’s house, went to work in London and they were welcomed. If Nigel Farage had his way, they wouldn’t be welcome. And I’ll tell you one thing for sure, I’ll have no truck with that man,” he said, referring to the UKIP leader. “We need people to be sceptical about Europe who care about the people of Europe,”Flanagan continued. “ My campaign was not about nationalism, it was about localism. It was about the people of Spain, Italy, Greece and Ireland.” “We need to take the power back. Some people quote Shakespeare, I quote “Rage Against the Machine “,”Flanagan said.

    He has not yet decided what European parliamentary grouping he will join as this depends on the outcome of the elections across the community."
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    Well aren't we all great pals now....
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    No candidate elected on third count in Ireland South constituency. Liadh Ní Riada (Sinn Fein) still short 660 votes on quota on third count.  Jan van de Ven (Direct Democracy) eliminated and his 10,125 votes will be be distributed.
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    OFFALY update - Eoghan McConnell reports - "The final results have arrived in Co Offaly where a recount has been carried out in the Tullamore electoral area. Counting was adjourned on Sunday evening after a recount was sought due to a narrow margin between two candidates. It was requested by Sean O’Brien(Ind) who was just four votes behind Danny Owens(FF) in the contest for the last seat. The results of the recount have confirmed the initial count with Fianna Fail’s Danny Owens claiming the final Tullamore seat.The council is set to have six new faces with the three new Sinn Fein councillors, Brendan Killeavy, Carol Nolan and Martin O’Reilly, Fianna Fail’s Declan Harvey, Independent Noel Cribbin and Fine Gael’s John Clendennen, whose father just retired from the council. Only two of the 19 elected members, Sinead Dooley(FF) and Carol Nolan(SF) are women."
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    Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking on RTE news right now... says himself and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, who resigned as leader of the Labour Party today, says they have a "very strong working relationship."  

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    Speaking on RTE  - Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he spoke to Eamon Gilmore shortly before he announced he was standing down as Labour leader. He said they will continue to work together until Mr Gilmore has to leave on July 4th. Kenny said he will work with Gilmore to ensure a more "forgiving" budget on families, should finances allow.  


  • 21:39

    Midlands North West UPDATE - Third Count due within the next half hour. So far, Independent TD for Roscommon-South Leitrim Luke Ming Flanagan has been elected on the second count.
    Sinn Fein candidate Matt Carthy, outgoing MEPs Mairead McGuinness (FG), Pat the Cope Gallagher (FF) and Marian Harkin (Ind) are still in contention for the three remaining seats, along with Fianna Fail’s candidate Thomas Byrne. Labour candidate Lorraine Higgins was eliminated on the second count.

  • 21:43

    Meanwhile, In Ireland South - Sinn Fein's  Liadh Ní Riada is expected to be elected when 4th count result is announced before 10pm.

    Just one candidate has been elected there so far - Fianna Fail’s sitting MEP, Brian Crowley made it a fifth consecutive successful European election campaign when he was elected on the first count in Ireland South with a whopping 180,329 first preference votes. Mr Crowley’s vote – some 27.42pc of first preferences – left him 48,829 votes over the quota of 131,500 in the expanded four seat constituency, Barry Roche reports.  

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    UPDATE - Ireland South - Sinn Fein's Liadh Ni Riada has been deemed elected on fourth count with 132, 590 votes.  

  • 21:59

    UPDATE - Midlands North West - No one elected following third count. Independent candidate Ronan Mullen eliminated, he was on 41,164 votes; quota is 129, 290.  

    Counting is suspended in Midlands North West count centre in Castlebar, until 9am tomorrow.  

    Tomorrow, Sinn Fein's Matt Carthy looks likely to take a seat with 120,723 votes; as does Fine Gael's Mairead McGuinness with 102,025 votes
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    But sure isn't it great craic all the same?
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    In Dublin. the Swords recount is still taking place. Independent candidate Michael Collins, who requested the recount, has been eliminated on the 14th count.  
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    We'll leave it there for tonight folks, thanks for following myself and Genevieve Carbery today.

    We're back again tomorrow morning when the count continues in Midlands North West and Ireland South and the last scattering of local council seats should also be decided.