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# ep2019

All time
Mairead McGuinness re-elected First Vice-President of the European Parliament
The Fine Gael MEP secured over 93% of votes cast.
Mick Wallace becomes emotional during last Dáil address before he heads off to Europe
Wallace is one of four TDs elected to the European Parliament.
# disinformation
EU says 'Russian sources' tried to undermine European election vote
The commission said it will take time to determine the “scope and impact” of the disinformation campaigns.
# ep2019
Count Complete: Here are all the Irish candidates who have been elected to the European Parliament
We have 11 MEPs jetting off on 2 July, with two more waiting in the wings .
# ep2019
Five MEPs elected in Ireland South as mammoth count concludes
On the 20th count, Grace O’Sullivan, Green Party; and Deirdre Clune, Fine Gael joined Seán Kelly, Fine Gael; Billy Kelleher, Fianna Fáil; and Mick Wallace, Independents 4 Change.
# it's over
Líadh Ní Riada eliminated as Sinn Féin withdraws request for recount in Ireland South constituency
Some 756,000 ballot papers were expected to be recounted, before the party withdrew its request.
# who are the champions
From the Greens to exit polls: Here are the winners and losers of the elections
There are some very interesting takeaways from this batch of various votes.
# far-right ripple
After the populist wave failed to materialise, what next for the EU's right-wing parties?
There are more right-wing and far-right parties enjoying success in European politics.
# Let's Get Quizzical
Quiz: It's been a rollercoaster of a political week - but how much do you remember?
Test yourself.
# Democracy
Irish people are split over whether we should have another go at e-voting
Fewer than half of poll respondents thought it was a good idea.
# le2019
Leo says it wasn't 'a bad day at the office after all', but swing-gate and co-living did real damage to FG
Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty said there was not one issue that did the damage.
# election footing
We should be having four by-elections this year, but will the Dáil make it that far?
The European elections have thrown up some tricky timeline issues.
# Explainer
"The most long-winded recount ever": What happens next in Ireland South?
A full re-count has been announced in Ireland South following a request by Liadh Ní Riadha.
# Wait and See
'Cold storage' MEPs in limbo will have 'no status' in the European Parliament until the UK leaves the EU
Ireland was allotted an additional two seats as part of the redistribution of seats due to UK’s vote to leave the European Union.
# ep2019
Full recount ordered in the Ireland South Euro constituency
Grace O’Sullivan is on 98,706 votes while Ní Riada follows close behind on 98,379.
# Ballot papers
This is what happens to ballot papers once election counting is done and dusted
On Friday, people around the country turned out at local polling stations to cast their vote on the ballot papers.
# The Final Countdown
Grace O'Sullivan just 327 votes ahead of Liadh Ní Riada in battle for final Ireland South seat
Ni Riada has ordered a full recount and recheck, which will commence tomorrow.
# top trends
These were the most active Irish politicians on Twitter during the European election campaign
More than 33,000 unique Irish Twitter users discussed the European election on the social network in recent weeks.
# Poll
Poll: Should Ireland introduce a public education programme to teach people how to vote correctly?
Record levels of spoiled votes in the European election is being partly attributed to a lack of knowledge among voters.
# European elections
Green Party candidate Saoirse McHugh eliminated in Midlands North West
The 28 year-old was eliminated on the 14th count this morning.
# a green approach
What are the Greens' climate policies and how do they compare to other left wing parties?
While a green wave overtook the local elections, the Greens’ Ciaran Cuffe topped the European poll in Dublin.
AS IT HAPPENED
Counting continues to fill MEP seats as all councillors elected
We’re still waiting for seats to be filled in Ireland South and Midlands North-West.
# invalid
'It seemed silly at the time': How a 2014 Supreme Court ruling led to record levels of spoiled votes this year
More than 4% of European election votes were deemed invalid this year.
# ep2019
Clare Daly takes 3rd Dublin MEP seat; Barry Andrews will take 4th seat after Brexit
Fianna Fáil’s Barry Andrews will take the fourth seat for the constituency once Brexit happens.
# ep2019
Seán Kelly elected as first Ireland South MEP
The Fine Gael candidate was first elected to the European Parliament in June 2009.
# ep2019
Labour expels Alastair Campbell from party after he admitted to voting for the Liberal Democrats
The former communications chief to Tony Blair took to Twitter to voice his disappointment.
# midnight must read
Why might the European election exit poll have over-predicted the 'green surge'?
Questions are being asked about RTÉ and Red C polling as the first results come in.
AS IT HAPPENED
Focus turns to the battle for Europe as final council seats fill up
Dublin edges towards first MEP result, Cork and Waterford vote ‘No’ in plebiscite, and reaction to MEP elections in Europe.
# Tory leadership
Sajid Javid throws his hat in leadership race as Gove 'saddened' over election result
Secretary Michael Gove is pledging to leave the EU before the next general election.
# new faces
Nationalist-unionist duopoly broken in Northern Ireland's MEP elections as three women take seats
The Alliance Party’s Naomi Long was elected with the DUP’s Diane Dodds and Martina Anderson of Sinn Féin.
# ep2019
The Brexit vote: Here are all the MEPs elected for Britain and Northern Ireland
Great Britain and Northern Ireland will send 73 MEPs back to Brussels.
AS IT HAPPENED
Counting under way for a third day - and we have our first MEP
Meanwhile, there are around 50 seats yet to be filled across Ireland’s local authorities.
# Explainer
Game changer for Farage or a win of sorts for Remain? The main talking points from across the water
Farage’s Brexit Party won the most seats but things are more complicated than that.
# Your Say
Poll: Is it now time for a general election?
There may be space for one this summer, so should we go for it?
# on and on
When we can expect to elect our first MEPs and other essential things to know about today's counts
There’ll be battles for the final seats in all three EU constituencies while the council seats are almost filled.
# ep2019
Highest turnout in 20 years across EU as populist right and Greens make gains on establishment parties
Turnout was up to around 51% across the continent.
AS IT HAPPENED
All to play for as first European election counts announced
Stick with us as we bring you the latest updates all evening and into the night.
# ep2019
First European election result confirms 'green wave' in Dublin - but no MEPs elected after seventh count
The first results from the European elections are in.
# ep2019
Taoiseach says general election 'not a prospect in the next couple of days or weeks'
Leo Varadkar said he has no plans call into Aras an Uachtarain in the next couple of days.
# housing protest
Housing activists protest Eoghan Murphy at RDS for second time in two days
Housing minister Eoghan Murphy faced a similar protest at the RDS yesterday.