COUNTING TO RESUME IN EURO 2014

Gerry Adams congratulates Martina Anderson after being elected MEP

Gerry Adams congratulates Martina Anderson after being elected MEP

POLITICIANS file back to the Kings Hall in south Belfast this morning as counting continues to find the remaining two MEPs.

On Monday, Sinn Féin’s Martina Anderson retained her MEP seat after topping the poll in the European elections.

Diane Dodds, DUP, and Ulster Unionist Jim Nicholson did not reach the quota needed in the first count.

But it is thought they will be returned as MEPs, meaning disappointment for SDLP’s Alex Attwood and TUV leader Jim Allister.

If that happens, it will mean no change in Northern Ireland’s representation at the European Parliament.

Counting was suspended at 12. 40 am on Tuesday morning after almost 16 hours at the King’s Hall in Belfast.

At stage four in the count, no other candidate reached the quota and Henry Reilly, UKIP, was eliminated.

It took just over nine hours for the first preference votes to be confirmed.

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