Crowley elected on first count in Ireland South
Fianna Fáil’s Brian Crowley has been elected on the first count in the Ireland South constituency this afternoon.
He polled 180,329 votes, well in excess of the 131,500 quota.
Second-placed Sinn Féin's is almost guaranteed a seat after polling just short of the quota with 125,309 while Fine Gael's Sean Kelly is widely expected to take the third seat after securing 83,520 first-preference votes.
Crowley said he will battle to get a deal on Ireland's debt when he returns to the European Parliament. Earlier in the day, he also backed party leader, Michael Martin to lead Fianna Fáil into the general election.
"The biggest thing for the next parliament is to force a deal on the banking debt, the Government says it will get it, the Parliament says we shouldn't be paying it all. I think we have the support of other countries on this and we can force it through by refusing to back other things," he said.
The next count in Ireland South is expected to be announced at 6pm, with the distribution of Crowley's surplus.
Vote count in order of number of votes
Brian Crowley (Fianna Fáil) – 180,329
Liadh Ní Riada (Sinn Féin) – 125,309
Seán Kelly (Fine Gael) – 83,520
Simon Harris (Fine Gael) – 51,483
Deirdre Clune (Fine Gael) – 47,453
Diarmuid O'Flynn (Independent) – 30,323
Phil Prendergast (Labour Party) – 30,317
Kieran Hartley (Fianna Fáil) – 29,987
Grace O'Sullivan (Green Party) - 27,860
Theresa Heaney (Catholic Democrats) - 13,569
Richard Cahill (Independent) – 10,719
Jan van de Ven (Direct Democrac) – 9,255
Jillian Godsil (Independent) – 9,179
Peter O'Loughlin (Independent) – 6,561
Dónal Ó Ríordáin (Fís Nua) – 1,634
TOTAL POLL: 679,296
SPOILED VOTES: 21,798
VALID POLL: 657,498