Maria Walsh on course to take European seat

Fine Gael look set to take two seats in the Midlands-Northwest constituency.


Today’s count will go into its third day in Castlebar.


Independent Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy are on course to retain their seats.


Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh is in pole position to take the final seat.


She benefited greatly from Mairead McGuinness’s surplus after her election, but the first-time candidate isn’t taking anything for granted: