Mairead McGuinness elected in Midlands-North West on first count


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 four seater Midlands North West constituency. Counting continues at the country’s three centres.

Ireland will return 13 members to the Parliament in Brussels. Although two will not take up their seats until after Brexit.

Mairead McGuinness topped the poll with 134,630, followed by Luke Ming Flanagan on 85,034. Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy follows on 77,619.

Fianna Fáil’s Brendan Smith is in 7th place on 42,814.

First Count Results

Electorate 1,224,888         Total poll 616,555

Spoiled votes 21,628        Total valid poll 594,927

Quota 118,986

McGuinness FG 134,630 (elected)

Luke Ming Flanagan I 85,034

Matt Carthy SF 77,619

Maria Walsh FG 64,500

Peter Casey I 56,650

Saoirse McHugh Greens 51,019

Brendan Smith FF 42,814

Anne Rabbitte FF 30,230

Dominic Hannigan Lab 12,378

Fidelma Healy Eames I 15,991

Cyril Brennan S-PBP 8,130

Michael O’Dowd Renua 6,897

Olive O’Connor I 3,132

Dilip Mahapatra I 2,450

Patrick Greene DDI 1,352

James Miller I 1,322

Diarmaid Mulcahy I 789