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SINN Fein is poised to win its first European Parliament seats outside of Dublin as the party is polling extremely strongly in both the Ireland South and Midlands-North-West constituencies.
Fine Gael has a chance of retaining three seats in the two constituencies, although only either Mairead McGuinness or Jim Higgins appears likely to survive. Fianna Fail will be happy with its performance in these two constituencies, where it is likely to hold what it has.
But Labour faces an election day wipe-out. Outgoing Independent MEP Marian Harkin is in the hunt for a seat but may be pitted against fellow Independent Luke 'Ming' Flanagan, who is also doing well.