Wicklow Fine Gael TD Andrew Doyle looks likely to be eliminated from the Ireland South European race today, an elimination which could heavily aid his party colleague Deirde Clune in her quest to retain her seat.
Doyle received 38,738 first preference votes but it will not be enough to see the Minister of State for Food, Forestry & Horticulture elected to the European Parliament.
Doyle’s second Fine Gael running mate, former GAA president Séan Kelly, was the first MEP elected in the 12 county constituency yesterday after the ninth count.
Elsewhere, Independent for Change TD Mick Wallace overtook Fianna Fáil TD Billy Kelleher in second place. A number of transfer friendly eliminations saw the Wexford man displace Kelleher after the 12th count.
Liadh Ní Riada, Grace O’Sullivan, Malcom Byrne and Deirde Clune are set to battle it out for the for the final two seats, with the final seat being inactive until Brexit has concluded.