Saturday 1 October 2016

FG can hold two in West Galway battle

Published 24/02/2016 | 02:30

Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources: Sean Kyne Photo: Tom Burke
Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources: Sean Kyne Photo: Tom Burke

There was some good news for Enda Kenny as a new opinion poll predicted Fine Gael to hold two out of five seats in Galway West with a remarkable 30pc share of the vote.

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But the TG4 survey shows Labour woes continuing as its Galway TD, Derek Nolan, looks unlikely to hold on. Fine Gael TD Seán Kyne is set to jointly head the poll with Fianna Fáil's Éamon Ó Cuív, with each on 13pc in a crowded field of 20 candidates.

John O'Mahony of Fine Gael, who comes with a chunk of his previous Mayo constituency, is on 11pc and his GAA football pedigree suggests he can pick up the required transfers across all candidates to take a seat.

Sinn Féin's Trevor Ó Clochartaigh also looks good on 11pc. The fifth seat will be a scramble with Independents Catherine Connolly (8pc) and Noel Grealish (7pc) chased by three on 6pc, Niall O Tuathaill of the Social Democrats, Hildegarde Naughton of Fine Gael and Mr Nolan of Labour.

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