First Midlands-North West count expected this evening

Fine Gael are on course to take two seats in the Midlands- North West constituency.

Counting is continuing at the TF Royal in Castlebar and it’s hoped there will now be a first count between 7pm and 9pm this evening.

Count staff are now separating the votes they’ve counted for each candidate, where it looks like Maria Walsh and Nina Carberry could both take seats.

Luke “Ming” Flanagan and Fianna Fáil Senator Barry Cowen also look safe.

However transfers will no doubt be key when it comes to who takes the fifth and final seat, with Ciarán Mullooly of Independent Ireland, Aontú leader Peadar Tobin, Fianna Fáil Senator Lisa Chambers and both Sinn Féin candidates – Chris McManus and Michelle Gildernew all in contention.