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In brief

  • Counting has resumed in the European elections. You can follow the results here
  • Fine Gael’s Sean Kelly became the first MEP elected last night, topping the poll in Ireland South
  • Counting for the Dublin and Midlands–North-West constituencies paused on Monday night without any candidates elected
  • Only a handful of seats remain unfilled in the local elections. See the full results in your area in maps and charts
  • John Moran topped the poll in the Limerick mayoral race but is still well short of the quota

Local election results – State of the parties

European election results – State of the parties


10.45am

The Taoiseach has expressed concern about the growth of the far right in Europe and said Ireland is not immune to that rise.

Far right parties are doing well in the elections across Europe, with some anti-immigration candidates getting elected to councils here.

“We have seen it significantly grow in some European countries and we are not immune from that here,” Mr Harris told Newstalk on his way to a Cabinet meeting this morning.

The Taoiseach said now is the time for centrist politicians to show “courage and guts” on the big issues that are concerning voters.


10.20am

Is a general election looming after these latest results?

The Irish Independent and the Irish Daily Mail have front page stories today about the prospects of by-elections and a snap election after a steady showing for the Government parties in the local and European polls.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald last night challenged the Taoiseach to “bring it on” and call an early general election.

She also rejected any suggestion Taoiseach Simon Harris would be doing her a favour if he stuck to his original plan to go to the polls in early 2025.

We can expect speculation over a Dáil election to grow further over the coming weeks and days…

Read more: Tuesday’s front pages


9.50am

Independent candidate John Moran topped the Limerick mayoral election yesterday, but vote counting in the landmark poll will continue today as he remains well short of the quota.

Mr Moran received a total of 18,308 first preference votes in the first count, and was followed in second place by another independent candidate, Helen O’Donnell, who received 12,903 votes.

Fianna Fáil candidate Dee Ryan is in third place while Fine Gael’s candidate Daniel Butler was in fourth place. Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan was in fifth place.

The quota is 39,873 votes.


9.30am

After three days of counting, there are still unfilled seats on some councils. Here is a quick rundown:

  • Carlow – 2 seats to fill
  • Kildare – 3 seats to fill
  • Meath – 5 seats to fill
  • Offaly – 2 seats to fill

And here’s the current state of the parties in local authorities:

You can compare this year’s local results with the 2019 election and get further detail on the vote share in your area by clicking here.


9.05am

Counting also resumes later in the Midlands-North-West constituency, where Fine Gael looks set to get both sitting MEP Maria Walsh and newcomer Nina Carberry elected.

Luke Ming Flanagan topped the poll, and is closely followed by Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen.

Former RTÉ reporter Ciarán Mullooly is in a good position to take the fifth and final seat, while Sinn Féin is likely to miss out.

The fourth count will get underway at the TF Royal in Castlebar at 10am this morning.


8.55am

Daithí Doolan’s 11,000 votes will be distributed as counting resumes for the Dublin constituency later this morning.

They’re likely to benefit his Sinn Féin running mate Lynn Boylan, who was overtaken by Independent Ireland’s Niall Boylan into third place at the 13th count last night.

Fianna Fáil’s Barry Andrews and Fine Gael Senator Regina Doherty continue to lead the way.

Green Party MEP Ciarán Cuffe and Labour’s Aodhán Ó Ríordáin are also in the mix for the final two seats.


8.45am

Good morning.

With vote counting set to resume, there are still 12 of the 949 council seats to be filled, 13 of the 14 seats in the European Parliament to be confirmed, plus a mayoral contest in Limerick to be decided.

We’ll bring you the latest throughout the day here on breakingnews.ie.

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