Sinn Fein's Matt Carthy wins third seat in Midlands Northwest
SINN Fein's Matt Carthy has been elected to the third seat in the Midlands Northwest constituency.
Carthy easily took the seat following the distribution of Thomas Byrne's vote. His surplus of 5,756 will now be distributed between Marian Harkin and Pat 'The Cope' Gallagher who are fighting it out for the final seat.
Gallagher received a massive surge after gaining 34,475 votes from his running mate's transfers.
That has brought him to within 2,586 votes of rival Marian Harkin.
Matt Carthy described his election as a victory for the hundreds of thousands of Sinn Fein activists and members right across the constituency.
He described it as a vote against the austerity agenda which he said was being pursued "far too vigorously" by Fianna Fail and Fine Gael governments.
"I think the people have sent the Government a very strong message. This isn't about personalities, it's not about leaders of parties, it's about policies that are crippling our communities," he said.
"This message from the electorate is that people want change and people are increasingly seeing Sinn Fein as the party that is going to deliver that change," he added.
Carthy said he didn't envisage he'd be an MEP two years ago.
"I didn't envisage I'd be an MEP two years ago to be quite frank about it. I just want to thank the membership of Sinn Fein for entrusting me to be the public face of the party for this campaign and to say that I hope that I don't let them down and I hope that Sinn Fein doesn't let those people who entrusted us with their vote down, I don't believe we will."
"I think we are seen ever increasingly as a party that stands by those communities that need support and we intend to deliver for those communities," he added.