SF secures second Europe seat in ROI

Published Monday, 26 May 2014
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Sinn Féin has secured two seats in the Republic of Ireland's European Election - as six out of 11 Irish MEPs were elected.

SF secures second Europe seat in ROI
Lynn Boylan celebrates the result on Sunday evening. (© PA)

Liadh Ní Riada took Sinn Féin's second Irish seat in the Ireland South constituency, while Matt Carthy is still in the running in the Midlands North West constituency.

On Monday, Fine Gael's Brian Hayes, Fianna Fáil's Brian Crowley and two Independent candidates Luke 'Ming' Flanagan and Nessa Childers were also elected.

Sinn Féin has candidates in each of Ireland's three European constituencies, as well as in Northern Ireland where Martina Anderson retained her seat after topping the poll.

Sinn Féin's Lynn Boylan became the first Irish MEP after she was elected in the Dublin constituency on Sunday evening.

She received more than 83,000 first preference votes before being elected on the third count.

Ms Boylan, who was cheered loudly by supporters as the results were read out at the RDS in Dublin, said it was a "fantastic" outcome for the party.

On Monday party president Gerry Adams told UTV he believed Sinn Féin would take three European seats in the Republic of Ireland.

"We are doing something quite unprecedented, we fought two elections," he said.

"Every one of the 32 counties of this island and our off-shore islands had the opportunity to vote for Sinn Féin, that's a mighty ask for us to be able to do that."

Meanwhile, with 16 out of a total 949 council seats yet to be filled, Sinn Féin has also enjoyed a windfall, taking 157 seats so far.

Fianna Fáil has the majority with 265 seats, while Fine Gael returned 229 councillors. Labour only managed 50 seats, while Others achieved 232.

Stormont deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has said the elections have been "stunning" for the party.

"The political landscape of the island of Ireland is changing and I think you will see that more dramatically at the next general election in the south given the incredible gains that they've made over the last few days," he commented.

Mr McGuinness said that his party would see a "dramatic increase" in the Irish general election in 2016.

He added: "In those circumstances, you have to first of all, see what your own strength is, you have to see what the strength of the other parties is, and also then establish whether or not we go into negotiations with a potential partner in government."

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9 Comments
Snowy in Ardoyne. Ireland wrote (157 days ago):
Well done SF
Jos in Newcastle wrote (157 days ago):
SF are now a force on this island and could lead an all ireland government in the future.
Ciaran in The 32 counties of ireland wrote (158 days ago):
Ireland European Election Results May 2014 Sinn Fein 483,113 – (21.2%) Fianna Fail 369,545 – (16.2%) Fine Gael 369,120 – (16.2%) Independents 328,766 – (14.4%) DUP 131,163 – (5.7%) Green Party 92,056 – (4.0%) Labour 88,229 – (3.9%) Ulster Unionists 83,438 (3.7%) SDLP 81,594 (3.6%) TUV 75,806 (3.3%) Alliance Party NI 44,432 (1.9%) Socialist Party 29,953 (1.3%) UKIP 24,584 (1.1%) DDI 24,093 (1.1%) PBP 23,875 (1.0%) Catholic Dems 13,569 (0.6%) NI21 10,553 (0.5%) Fis Nua 4,610 (0.2%) Conservatives 4,144 (0.2%)
jerry in belfast wrote (158 days ago):
I think Mr robertinson need to listen to the sinn fein voters.We have had enough of being pushed about.
Observer in Online wrote (158 days ago):
Ronnie & Gak - the SF propaganda dept, yawn... You should get out a bit more lads LOL
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