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IrelandFianna Fail on course to retain position as largest party in local government

01:00  26 may  2019
01:00  26 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

The Green Party's popularity has jumped ahead of next week's local and European elections

The Green Party's popularity has jumped ahead of next week's local and European elections There were mixed fortunes for Ireland’s political parties ahead of the elections on 24 May.

Fianna Fáil , led by Micheál Martin, will hope to maintain its position as the largest party in local government and to make further progress in and Additional seats on Westmeath County Council would also help the party retain its Dáil seat for Longford-Westmeath as party stalwart Willie Penrose

Fianna Fáil , officially Fianna Fáil – The Republican Party (Irish: Fianna Fáil – An Páirtí Poblachtánach), is a conservative political party in Ireland.

Fianna Fail on course to retain position as largest party in local government © Niall Carson Ballot boxes are opened and counting begins in the Local and European Elections and divorce referendum at the RDS in Dublin (PA)

Fianna Fail appears to be on course to remain the biggest party at local government level in Ireland.

Fine Gael is hopeful of gains, but the biggest surge is expected to be enjoyed by the Green Party.

Meanwhile, Sinn Fein is expected to suffer losses.

Counting started on Saturday morning and will continue on Sunday.

Fianna Fail on course to retain position as largest party in local government © Provided by The Press Association Ballots are counted in the European Parliamentary elections and the referendum on Ireland’s divorce laws at the RDS in Dublin (PA)

The first new councillor to be elected was independent Thomas Welby to Galway County Council.

Exit poll shows Greens will top European poll in Dublin amid big gains for the party

Exit poll shows Greens will top European poll in Dublin amid big gains for the party The exit poll has Ciarán Cuffe on 23%, with Fine Gael’s Frances Fitzgerald on 14%. Fianna Fáil’s Barry Andrews and Independent TD Clare Daly are both on 12%. Sinn Féin’s Lynn Boylan is on 10%; if these polls are correct, she will not be re-elected as an MEP. © RTa The Green’s Saoirse McHugh is on 12%, which puts her in third place in the Midlands-NorthWest area. Fine Gael’s Mairéad McGuinness and Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy are on 25% and 15% respectively in those areas. Maria Walsh and Luke Ming Flanagan are in a battle for the final seat, as both are on 10%.

The two largest parties in the Irish republic, Fine Gael and Fianna Fail , both of whom Catholics, the traditional support base of Irish nationalist parties and unity, are on course to become the majority While Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) retained their dominant position , the still

The two largest parties in the Irish republic, Fine Gael and Fianna Fail , both of whom Catholics, the traditional support base of Irish nationalist parties and unity, are on course to become the majority The agreement specifies that the British government "shall" order a referendum on whether Northern

He topped the poll with 2,140 votes in the Connemara North local electoral area, despite not erecting any election posters.

“I said I’ll canvass on the doors and go plastic free and it went down very well,” he told Ireland’s state broadcaster RTE news.

Irish voters went to the polls on Friday to elect 949 council seats across 31 local authorities.

Some of the notable candidates include UFC fighter Paddy Holohan, who is running for Sinn Fein in hopes of a seat on South Dublin County Council.

Fianna Fail on course to retain position as largest party in local government © Provided by The Press Association Sinn Fein Leader Mary Lou McDonald speaks to the media as it appears her party is on course to lose a number of councillors following the local government elections (Niall Carson/PA)

Sinn Fein President Mary-Lou McDonald congratulated the Green Party on their surge, saying it would be “churlish not to acknowledge that”.

Micheal Martin: It's a positive day for Fianna Fail as exit polls indicate 23pc support

Micheal Martin: It's a positive day for Fianna Fail as exit polls indicate 23pc support Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin ruled out any move for a snap General Election on the basis of what he said was "a very positive" Local Government and European Parliament election for his party. 

Fianna Fáil is the second largest party in the Oireachtas and has the largest number of city and county council seats. This lack of electoral success was short lived as the Republican Party swept to a resounding victory at the 2014 Local Elections before more than doubling their Dáil seats at the

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: he said in an interview that his party could rebound to become the largest in the State after the next general election. While claiming Fianna Fáil could have the highest number of TDs in the next Dáil, Mr Martin says if it achieves that status, its advantage over its nearest

“For our part, I want to say firstly to all of our candidates who fought campaigns for weeks and months and to their families, a very big thank you, and to all of our activists and everyone who came out and voted for Sinn Fein,” she said.

“I want to say particularly to those who won’t be returned to the council chambers, who have served their community with great pride and great commitment, I want to say to them, they’ll be back, I have no doubt and it’ll be our objective from Monday when we recover to win all of those seats back.

“These are very tight contests in many constituencies, last seats will be won or lost in handfuls of votes, that’s the nature of local elections. I am not exactly sure where we are going to land, we will have a lot of counting and a lot of long nights ahead of us.”

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