Fianna Fáil's Brian Crowley become the first Irish MEP elected tonight, topping the South constituency poll.

In the first count in the South constituency, Mr Crowley was re-elected with 125,539 votes, more than 4,000 votes over the quota. Fine Gael's Simon Coveney is just under the quota with 118,937 votes.

The final seat will be between Independent Kathy Sinnott (89,127) and Gerry Collins (73,131).

Michell elected in Dublin

Fine Gael's Gay Mitchell topped the poll in Dublin, and was elected on the first count there. Also polling well in Dublin were Eoin Ryan of FF with 61,681, Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald with 60,395 and Proinsias de Rossa of Labour with 54,344.

Harkin tops poll in North West

No candidate has been elected in the North West. However five are in serious contention for the three seats. Independent candidate Marian Harkin topped the poll in the first count with 66,664 votes followed by Pearse Doherty of Sinn Féin on 65,231. FF's Seán Ó Neachtain, Joe Higgins of Fine Gael and Dana Rosemary Scallon are all in contention after polling well.

McGuinness set to top poll in East

In the East constituency indications are that Fine Gael's Mairead McGuinness is set to top the poll. The first count is expected at midnight.

Election results available on and on Aertel p.750