After four days of counting a final results became available late Wednesday night in the European Election Midlands North West constituency.
Maria Walsh was the second Fine Gael candidate to be elected following Mairead McGuinness topping the poll on Monday.
Sinn Fein’s Matt Carthy and Independent Luke Flanagan were also returned to the European Parliament.
Newly elected Maria Wash said she was ‘honoured’ and would ‘fight like a dog for rural Ireland’.
Immediately following his election Luke Flanagan made a surprise challenge on his fellow MEP’s in relation to securing funding and supports for the area over the next number of years.
(Boyletoday.com photograph shows newly elected MEP Maria Walsh with her campaign manager Senator Frank Feighan during a visit to Boyle)