Coppinger and McGuinness fight it out in Dublin West
THE Dublin West by-election is shaping up into a battle between Ruth Coppinger and David McGuinness, early tallies show.
But Sinn Fein say they are "enthused" about the showing of their candidate, Paul Donnelly, who is polling strongly in boxes from the Hartstown, Rivervalley and Swords areas
Ms Coppinger, a Socialist Party candidate, is on course to top the poll on first preferences as expected.
However, the outcome of the contest will hinge on transfers from what is a highly competitive field.
Fianna Fáil is hoping that McGuinness will benefit strongly if he can finish ahead of Eamonn Coghlan and David Hall on first preferences.
Figures from the first boxes opened in City West show the Labour candidate, Loraine Mulligan, struggling badly.
The votes in the venue are being well tallied and a first official tally is expected by 11am.