Its the first day of the new European Parliament and these Irish

first_img New voting card!— Nessa Childers MEP (@NChildersMEP) July 1, 2014 Meanwhile Nessa Childers was the surprise package in Dublin where she took one of the three seats in the capital, edging out Eamon Ryan.She retained an MEP seat she first won as a Labour candidate in 2009 so this is all familiar to her too. But the independent still seemed pretty excited about this: The all important voting card – crucial to register an MEP’s vote electronically. No card, no vote! @Europarl_EN— Seán Kelly MEP (@SeanKellyMEP) July 1, 2014 Taking my seat on the first day of the new 8th @Europarl_EN @FineGael @EPPGroup @EPP_IE— Seán Kelly MEP (@SeanKellyMEP) July 1, 2014 Source: Matt Carthy/Twitter Fine Gael returned four MEPs including the newly-elected Deirdre Clune in Ireland South and Brian Hayes in Dublin.Both were all smiles as they arrived in the French city this morning: Source: Sean Kelly MEP/Twitter He knows what he’s doing and he knows what he needs: Wise words by Green EU Presidential candidate Lunacek on role of EP”If we don’t get it right now there will be no extra time and no replay”— Marian Harkin (@MarianHarkin) July 1, 2014 Sitting in European Parliament in Strasbourg for 1st time. Voting for EP president. SF MEP’s supporting Pablo Iglesias Turrion for post.— Matt Carthy MEP (@mattcarthy) July 1, 2014 Finally, Luke Ming Flanagan told his Facebook followers he voted for Dimitris Papadimoulis for one of the vice presidents positions in the Parliament. He also explained why he only arrived after Martin Schulz was already elected: Midlands North West MEP Matt Carthy is only buzzing: Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: Marian Harkin/Twitter This is also familiar territory for independent Marian Harkin who won a third term in May and was taking note of some “wise words” this morning: Updated 3.47pmTHE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT met for the first time since May’s elections with Ireland’s 11 MEPs taking their seats in Strasbourg this morning.The first day saw the newbies taking part in the vote for the new president of the European Parliament with Martin Schutlz winning with 409 votes.The make-up of the Irish contingent on the continent has changed dramatically with Labour losing all its MEPs and Sinn Féin returning three in the Republic.When you include Northern Ireland’s Martina Anderson that makes four and means that a selfie becomes all the more difficult.But they pulled it off: For Ireland South MEP Seán Kelly it’s familiar territory having retained the seat he first won in 2009: Source: Nessa Childers MEP/Twitter Source: Sean Kelly MEP/Twitter In case you can’t read it, here’s what he had to say:Earlier Martin Schulz a German Socialist was elected to the position of President. Unfortunately due to my wife, who is pregnant, becoming ill on Sunday it was only possible for me to get here after the vote. Happy to report that my wife is now in much better form and the baby(in the womb) too!First published 12.49pmRead: It’s now cheaper to use your phone in the EURead: Here are 10 things we’ve learned from the 2014 European electionslast_img read more