Elections 2024: Billy Kelleher closing in on quota in Ireland South, Funchion in contention for seat

Elections 2024: Billy Kelleher Closing In On Quota In Ireland South, Funchion In Contention For Seat
The 14th count results for Midlands-North-West constituency saw the elimination of Independent candidate Peter Casey with 28497 votes. Photo: PA
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In brief

  • You can follow all the results here
  • All four MEP seats in Dublin have been filled after a marathon 19 counts; Regina Doherty (Fine Gael) finished ahead of Fianna Fáil’s Barry Andrews, Sinn Féin’s Lynn Boylan and Labour’s Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.
  • All 949 council seats have now been filled, with Fianna Fáil coming out with the most at 248. See the full results in your area in maps and charts.
  • John Moran has been elected the Mayor of Limerick.
  • Seán Kelly is the only candidate who has reached the quota in Ireland South. Counting will resume at 9am and Fianna Fáil's Billy Kelleher is expected to be re-elected soon as well.
  • Transfers have put Sinn Féin’s Kathleen Funchion “in contention” to be elected as one of Ireland’s 14 MEPs.
  • In the Midlands-North-West, sitting MEP Luke "Ming" Flanagan holds the lead. However, there are 17 candidates still in contention.
  • The 14th count results for Midlands Northwest constituency saw the elimination of Independent candidate Peter Casey with 28497 votes.

Local election results – State of the parties


European election results – State of the parties


Billy Kelleher is closing in on the quota, as counting continues in Ireland South.

Transfers have put Sinn Féin’s Kathleen Funchion “in contention” to be elected as one of Ireland’s 14 MEPs.


Ms Funchion got 61 per cent of transfers from her running mate Paul Gavan’s eliminated share, propelling her into second place.

The huge transfer rate has positioned the Carlow-Kilkenny TD to take one of the five seats in the Ireland South constituency, though political commentators have said transfers make it “impossible” to predict.

Cubby holes at the count centre as counting continues at Nemo Rangers GAA club in Cork, Ireland, in the European elections. Picture date: Wednesday June 12, 2024.



Social Democrats' candidate Rory Hearne has been eliminated from the running for a seat in Brussels in the 12th count of the Midlands-North-West constituency.

Hearne said he is “proud to have put a generation locked out of a home” central to his campaign.

Meanwhile, Hermann Kelly of the Irish Freedom Party was eliminated following the 13th count in Midlands-North-West.

Ciaran Mullooly (Independent Ireland), with 62,598 votes and in fifth place, still holds a considerable lead over Sinn Féin’s Michelle Gildernew with 49,584 votes.

In Ireland South, Billy Kelleher (FF) continues to inch closer to taking the constituency’s second seat after the 13th count.


Cynthia Ní Mhurchú has jumped back in front of Mick Wallace on foot of 2,065 transfers from Labour’s Niamh Hourigan to put her on 61,259.


Social Democrats candidate Rory Hearn has been eliminated after the twelfth count in the Midlands-North-West constituency.

It is now expected there will not be a final result in Castlebar until Friday.

It is now five days since voters in the Midlands-North-West constituency went to the polls.

There are still nine eliminations to go before a final result, and it is unlikely that any candidate will make the quota.

Luke Ming Flanagan, Nina Carberry, Maria Walsh and Barry Cowen all look certain to be elected.

While Independent Ireland's Ciaran Mullooly is in pole position to win the final seat, he is now over 13,800 votes clear of Sinn Féin's. Michelle Gildernew.


It may be tomorrow morning before the next successful candidate is announced for the Ireland South European constituency.

The 12th count is underway, with the favourite for the second seat Billy Kelleher around 20,000 votes short of the quota.

The remaining three seats are expected to go to Michael McNamara, Cynthia Ni Mhurchú and Mick Wallace.


Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Patrick O’Donovan has attributed the success of the Fine Gael party in the local election to the “very a vibrant, energetic campaign under our new leader”.

Mr O’Donovan was speaking on RTÉ radio’s Today with Claire Byrne show in response to Green Party complaints about the behaviour of Fine Gael during the campaign, who had claimed that Green Party leader Eamon Ryan had behaved in a dictatorial and autocratic manner.

Every party had lost councillors and MEPs in last week’s elections, he said. While it may appear to be a “blood sport” to political commentators, the candidates who had lost their seats were now “wounded and very sore.”


The chief executive of the Electoral Commission, Art O’Leary, has said there needs to be a better understanding of why people did not vote in last week’s local and European elections so that solutions can be found.

Speaking on RTÉ radio’s Morning Ireland, Mr O’Leary explained that such action would ultimately involve education, information and public engagement.

“We need to be in schools and universities, but also in groups that traditionally don't get engaged.”

"There were many reason why people did not vote, there wasn’t a simple answer. Many issues affected turnout, he said. The turnout for this year was “slightly” less than the figure for 2019, at almost 50 percent.

“We need to place that in context, because the electoral register grew by almost 250,000, between 2019 and 2024. So in fact, there were nearly 100,000 extra voters came out to vote last Friday. But we're doing a voter survey at the moment, and we'll have some more concrete data in the weeks ahead. But I think it's notable, that the weather was good, so that wasn't really a factor.

"But it was the first week in June. It's slightly larger than the last time in 2019. It's the first week of the holiday season. Secondary schools had closed the week before as well.”



Counting is continuing in the European elections in Ireland, with the final results potentially still days away.

Nine of the country’s 14 MEPs have yet to be confirmed, with counting completed in only one of the three constituencies.

On Tuesday night, the four MEPs who will represent Dublin in the European Parliament were elected at the end of the three days of counting.

That has added to speculation that the Government may seek an earlier general election, rather than fighting several potential by-elections only months before the Dáil is dissolved.


European Sinn Féin candidate Lynn Boylan following being elected MEP for the Dublin constituency at the RDS count centre in Dublin.



An Coimisiún Toghcháin, Ireland’s independent electoral commission, has welcomed a 29 per cent reduction in the level of spoilt votes seen in the local and European elections.

Provisional figures collected by the commission show that in the June 7th local and European elections there were 77,464 invalid or spoilt votes. The same elections in 2019 saw 108,488 votes declared invalid. This is a reduction of 31,024 despite a larger number of people voting.

An Coimisiún Toghcháin ran a “Don’t Spoil Your Day” Voter Education Drive in the last two weeks leading into polling day. This campaign saw the Commission promoting its “How to Vote” video online and with community groups, and in more than 25 national and regional broadcast interviews focused on the voting process.

In advance of the elections, 40,000 people visited the “How to Vote” page on the electoral commission’s website.


Count staff sort ballots at Nemo Rangers GAA club in Cork during the count for the European elections.



The counting of votes will continue again today in the European elections for the Ireland South and Midlands-North-West constituencies.

It's after Dublin's four MEP's were elected last night.

Fine Gael's Regina Doherty ended up topping the poll ahead of Fianna Fáil's Barry Andrews, Sinn Féin's Lynn Boylan and Aodhán Ó Ríordáin of Labour.

Lynn Boylan returns to Europe after losing her seat the last time out, a rare positive for Sinn Féin in what has been a difficult campaign for the party.


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