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In the Midlands North west constituency, European Parliament senior Vice President Mairead McGuinness (FG, EPP) topped the poll and was elected on the first count. It took 13 counts for independent Luke 'Ming' Flanagan, Matt Carty (Sinn Fein) and the second Fine Gael Candidate, former Rose of Tralee and LGBTIQ+ advocate, Maria Walsh to edge past Peter Casey (Independent), Brendan Smith (Fianna Fail), and  Saoirse McHugh,(Greens).  

I was particularly pleased to see Peter Casey fail to make it, as he had sought to weaponize the immigration and Traveller Community issues during the Presidential Campaign. It is also quite shocking for Fianna Fail to fail to win a seat in what has previously been part of their heartland. Poor candidate selection didn't help, but they are also becoming something of an older and very conservative person's party.

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