Pat the Cope Gallagher fighting to retain European seat

Pat the Cope Gallagher

Pat The Cope Gallagher says he is still hopeful about his prospects of securing a Euro parliament seat in the Midlands North West constituency, with a first official count not expected until lunchtime.

Luke Ming Flanagan is expected to romp home with the first seat, and Mairead McGuinness is thought to be a shoo-in for second.

The third seat is less predictable, but it's expected to go to Sinn Fein's Matt Carthy - with the fourth heavily reliant on transfers. It seems that it will be between Pat the Cope Gallagher of Fianna Fail and Independent Marian Harkin.

The Fianna Fail candidate says it still to close to call.................