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It was widely expected that the eight seats in the Ballina area would be some of the most hotly contested in the county and that was certainly the case in the count centre in the TF Royal Theatre Hotel, Castlebar, over the weekend.
Welcome to day two of the Mayo Advertiser's rolling live election count coverage from the Royal Theatre in Castlebar. Colm Gannon and Frances Toner will be here throughout the day and into the night bringing you all of the news from the count centre as it happens. You can follow all the action here on www.advertiser.ie/mayo on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mayoadvertiser and on Twitter by following us here https://twitter.com/MayoAdvert.
The first Sinn Féin candidate to be elected in Galway city in 10 years is also, at 24, the youngest candidate to be elected to the Galway City Council. “My generation is the lost generation,” she says.
Mayo people go to the polls today to elect the 30 members of the new county council as well as having their say on who will take the seats in the new Midlands, North and West constituency in the European Parliament. More than 100,000 people in Mayo are eligible to cast their votes today across four new electoral areas of Castlebar, Ballina, Claremorris, and West Mayo.
With just a day to go until the closure of nominations, the confirmation of Cllr Denis Leonard (Lab) from Kinnegad as a candidate will now see a total of eight names on the ballot sheet for the Longford-Westmeath by-election this day fortnight.
It has been confirmed that Columb Barracks will be used as the main count centre for this year’s Local and European Elections on May 24.