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Sunday 15 December 2019

Boost for Fine Gael's Hayes, Kelly and McGuinness in latest poll

Brian Hayes. Photo: Barry Cronin.
Brian Hayes. Photo: Barry Cronin.
Sean Kelly MEP
Mary Hanafin pictured for Sunday Independent. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 24/4/14
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

FINE Gael could be set to win three seats in the European elections, according to a new opinion poll.

Outgoing Fine Gael MEPs Sean Kelly and Mairead McGuinness are likely to retain their seats while Junior Minister Brian Hayes could take a seat in Dublin. The party could even land a fourth seat in the Ireland South constituency.

The poll has Sinn Fein winning three seats but the survey was taken before the party’s leader Gerry Adams was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the murder of Jean McConville.

The Sunday Business/Post Red C poll has Ms McGuinness and Independent candidate Marian Harkin topping the poll in Midland-North-West with 16 per cent each.

They are followed by Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Sinn Fein’s Matt Carthy both on 14 per cent. Outgoing Fine Gael MEP Jim Higgins and Fianna Fail MEP Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher will not retain their seats.

In the Ireland South constituency, Fianna Fail’s Brian Crowley is like to retain his seat with a massive majority. The other seats will go to former GAA president Sean Kelly and Sinn Fein candidate Liadh Ni Riada. Labour MEP Phil Pendergast, who called on Eamon Gilmore to resign last week, polled four points higher than in the Irish Independent/Millward Brown Poll and is now at nine per cent.

She will battle it out for the third seat with Fine Gael candidates Deirdre Clune (eight per cent) and Simon Harris (seven per cent).

In Dublin, Junior Minister Brian Hayes is topping the poll followed by Sinn Fein candidate Lynn Boylan.  The final seat will be a dog fight between Labour’s Emer Costello, Fianna Fail’s Mary Fitzpatrick and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan.

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