Pat The Cope Gallagher to fight it out with Marian Harkin for final European seat

Pat the Cope GallagherThe Fouth Count has been completed in the Midlands-North-West constituency, with outgoing Fine Gael MEP Jim Higgins eliminated.

Sinn Féin's Matt Carthy is less than than 5,000 away from the quota of 129,290, with Fine Gael's Mairead McGuinness 20,000 votes away.

The final seat will be between outgoing MEPs Marian Harkin and Pat The Cope Gallagher, with Ms Harkin now over 24,000 votes ahead, after benefitting strongly from the distribution of Ronan Mullen's votes.

However, Mr Gallagher told Highland Radio News a short time ago that their software is telling them that with his running mate Senator Thomas transferring strongly to him, he is in a strong position............