FG MEP Higgins eliminated after fourth count Midlands Northwest
Sitting Fine Gael MEP Jim Higgins has been eliminated after the fourth count in the Midlands Northwest European election constituency.
So far, only Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan has been elected in Castlebar. Mr Higgins’ transfers will now be redistributed.
Count 4 #MidNW Byrne 62335 Carthy 124976 The Cope 65725 Harkin 89611 J Higgins 45060 McGuinness 107689 Jim Higgins (FG) eliminated— Pat McGrath (@patmcgrath) May 27, 2014
Fine Gael are predicting that the bulk of Mr Higgins transfers will go to his colleague Mairead McGuinness, who is expected to retain her seat.
However, Independent Marian Harkin will also be hoping for a sizeable chunk of transfers, after gaining almost 12,000 votes from Ronan Mullen.
Sinn Féin's Matt Carthy is expected to be the next to take a seat.
After a local election recount in Castlebar area, the following were deemed elected: Kilcoyne, Chambers, Ruane, McDonnell, Kenny, Durcan, Burke and Gavin.