Independent Daly takes seat in Europe and triggers by-election
Swords Independent4Change TD Clare Daly has won Dublin's third seat in the European Parliament and her win could trigger a by-election in Fingal for her now vacant seat.
Her seat can be left open for six months before a by-election is triggered so if a General Election is triggered in the meantime, a by-election may be avoided.
However, the vacant seat will put local parties on an election footing as they all target the seat left behind by the popular local candidate.
The Swords-based Independent4Change once again proved her legendary vote-getting abilities by winning the third European seat in Dublin ahead of Fianna Fáil's Barry Andrews who came in fourth and occupies one of the so-called 'cold storage' European parliament seats which can only be filled once the UK leaves the European Union.
Daly's victory was delayed by a legal dispute with Andrews over the transfer of votes from eliminated Sinn Féin candidate, Lynn Boylan which was eventually set aside when returning officer Fergus Gallagher decided to redistribute Ms Boylan's votes after her elimination.
Speaking to reporters at the count centre in the RDS, a delighted Clare Daly said she was 'gobsmacked' after being elected as an MEP for the Dublin constituency.
She promised to use her voice in Brussels in the same way as she as a TD. She said she would be 'a speaker out for change and rattle the cages of those in authority'.