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IrelandExit poll 'doesn't look good' for Fine Gael in Ireland South

14:05  25 may  2019
14:05  25 may  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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FINE Gael Senator Neale Richmond has admitted that the exit poll " doesn ' t look good " for his party in the Ireland South constituency where they hope to retain two European Parliament seats. Former GAA president Seán Kelly, who is on 16pc in the poll looks set to keep his seat.

Exit poll ' doesn ' t look good ' for Fine Gael in Ireland South . FINE Gael Senator Neale Richmond has admitted that the exit poll " doesn ' t look good " for his party in the Ireland South constituency where they hope to retain two European Parliament seats.

Exit poll 'doesn't look good' for Fine Gael in Ireland South © www.doug.ie All smiles: Fine Gael candidates Mairead McGuiness, Frances Fitzgerald, Maria Walsh and Seán Kelly at Tuar Árd Arts Centre, Moate, Co Westmeath, yesterday. Photo: Douglas O'Connor

FINE Gael Senator Neale Richmond has admitted that the exit poll "doesn't look good" for his party in the Ireland South constituency where they hope to retain two European Parliament seats.

Former GAA president Seán Kelly, who is on 16pc in the poll looks set to keep his seat, but another outgoing MEP Deirdre Clune is in danger on 9pc. Junior minister Andrew Doyle was trailing on 4pc in the RTÉ/TG4/RedC poll.

Mr Richmond, Fine Gael's European Affairs spokesman also said: "It's five seater... when you've got three candidates and you get a strong vote you can't rule anything out," he added.

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Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly has topped the poll in the Ireland South European election constituency and looks set to be elected in coming counts.The An RTE/TG4 exit poll predicted Mr Kelly would top the poll with 16% of first preferences, followed by Ms Ni Riada and Mr Kelleher, both of whom are on

First opinion poll published since the general election was called. Lowest-ever rating for Fine Gael in the B&A series. Gap between two largest It may also spark a rethink by Fine Gael after a difficult start to the election campaign with questions over its approach to the homelessness crisis and crime.

Elsewhere Mairead McGuinness is set to keep her seat in Midlands/North-West with an exit poll result of 25pc while her running mate, former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh is on 10pc.

Mr Richmond reckons Ms Walsh is "very much in the hunt" to take a seat.

In Dublin Frances Fitzgerald is on 14pc and is likely to win a seat. Former SDLP leader Mark Durkan is on 5pc and has little hope of election.

Mr Richmond said he was surprised that Brexit - which was the focus of Mr Durkan's campaign - did not feature more heavily in the elections.

He said: "Based on the exit poll we're delighted to see that Fine Gael vote up in Dublin.

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Ruling Fine Gael -Labour looks to have fallen short of a majority, as Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and Vote counting is underway in Ireland ’s general election, as two exit polls indicated the ruling Fine They would also suggest a good showing for Sinn Féin, which campaigned on an anti-austerity campaign

Today’s Dublin constituency poll gives former Fine Gael minister Frances Fitzgerald front runner status with 22 per cent of the vote and the possibility, if not Former deputy first minister of Northern Ireland and MEP candidate for Fine Gael in Dublin, Mark Durkan, registers 7 per cent support and is still very

"They both ran a strong campaign. We'd give credit to the Greens. They tapped into an atmosphere there but ultimately having Frances Fitzgerald in the European Parliament post Brexit is something Dublin needs and I'm delighted they have recognised her experience, ability and energy."

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