Gallagher still in the hunt for the final Midlands North West EU seat

Counting in the European ElectPat the Cope Gallagherions Midlands Northwest constituency will resume at 9 o'clock this morning.

Independent Luke Ming Flanagan was the first MEP for the region elected yesterday - meaning there's now three seats left to be filled.

Speaking in Castlebar after his election last night, Luke Ming Flanagan said his campaign was about people power......

Sinn Fein's Matt Carthy Fine Gaels Mairead Mc Guinness will take the next two seats, and It looks as though the fight for the last seat in that count will be between outgoing MEPs Pat the Cope Gallagher and Marian Harkin.

After the third count in Castlebar last night, Marian Harkin was on 77,798, Pat the Cope Gallagher was on 62,071 votes and his party colleague Senator Thomas Byrne on 58,505.

The quota is 129,290.