Clare On Track To Elect First MEP In 43 Years

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The Returning Officer for this region says he expects to have the second count finished by the end of the day.

The counting of all votes in Ireland South should be finished by 4pm, with MEP Seán Kelly virtually certain of taking the first seat.

A second count is likely to see Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher returned to Brussels for another five years, while sitting Clare Independent TD Michael McNamara could be the first MEP from the banner in 43 years.

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It’s expected that Kathleen Funchion will take the 4th seat and either Mick Wallace, John Mullins or Cynthia Ní Murchú could fill the last.

Martin Harvey outlines how the day will pan out at Nemo Rangers in Cork.