EUROPEAN ELECTIONS:Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan elected to Midlands Northwest

Independent candidate for the Midlands Northwest in the 2014 European Elections Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan has been elected on the second count.

‘Ming’ was elected as MEP to the European Parliament after transfer votes of 5,498, just enough to get him over the line and into the EU parliament.

Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy looks set to secure a seat as he has accumulated first preference votes amounting to 114,727, and Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuinness should secure the third seat with first preference votes of 92,080.

Meanwhile, Pat ‘the Cope’ Gallagher (FF) could be facing a battle with Marian Harkin (Ind.) to secure the fourth and final seat.

Harkin is hoping to receive some of ‘Ming’s’ surplus votes, while Fianna Fáil may withdraw Gallagher’s running mate Thomas Byrne to ensure a Fianna Fáil seat.

The second count should take place within the next couple of hours. 

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