Outgoing Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has congratulated The Green Party’s Grace O’Sullivan following Ms O Sullivan’s election to the European Parliament.
Ms Ní Riada conceded following the initial stages of a recount in the Ireland South constituency.
Ms Ní Riada said;
“I want to warmly congratulate Grace on her election to the European Parliament.
“I am happy that the democratic process has delivered the clarity we sought given that the initial difference was so tight.
“I want to sincerely thank Returning Officer Martin A Harvey and his terrific staff for their diligence and hard work.
“We ran a hard fought campaign and we left everything on the pitch. Unfortunately, we came up short this around. I want to express my undying gratitude to my office staff, my campaign team and every member of Sinn Féin and those who voted for me.
“I am incredibly proud of my term as an MEP. I always did my very best to deliver for constituents and to defend Ireland’s interests in the European Parliament. Over the past five years, Sinn Féin’s team of MEPs have stood up for equality, social justice and democracy. I am honoured that I was part of those efforts.
“For now, let me wish those elected for the coming term of the European Parliament all the very best for the work ahead.”