European Election 2019

Sinn Féin's Liadh Ní Riada concedes in European election count

Sinn Fein's Liadh Ní Riada at Dublin Castle last October

SINN Féín has withdrawn its request for a recount in the European election constituency of Ireland South.

The party had called for the recount last week after a partial vote re-check left the Green Party's Grace O'Sullivan 326 votes ahead of outgoing Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada.

More than 750,000 ballot papers were expected to be recounted in a process set to take weeks before the party withdrew its request yesterday evening.

The distribution of Ms Ní Riada's votes will take place today.

This will formally determine who takes the final so-called 'Brexit seat' which would become active when the UK leaves the European Union.

Fine Gael's Sean Kelly and Fianna Fáil's Billy Kelleher had both been deemed elected in the original count, but cannot be declared until all five seats are filled.

The other seats will go to Independents4Change's Mick Wallace, Fine Gael's Deirdre Clune and the Green Party's Ms O'Sullivan.

Ms Ní Riada, who conceded following the initial stages of the recount, thanked her campaign team and congratulated Ms O'Sullivan.

"I am happy that the democratic process has delivered the clarity we sought given that the initial difference was so tight," she said.

"We ran a hard-fought campaign and we left everything on the pitch. Unfortunately, we came up short this around."

She added: "For now, let me wish those elected for the coming term of the European Parliament all the very best for the work ahead."

Since last Thursday when the recount was announced, gardaí had been providing 24-hour cover to secure the ballot papers at the Nemo Rangers GAA club in Cork.

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