Sunday 25 February 2018

Fine Gael’s Hayes in trouble in European elections

Sinn Fein’s Lynn Boylan set to top the poll while ‘Ming’ performing strongly elsewhere

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

Fine Gael’s Brian Hayes is in trouble in the European elections in Dublin.

The Green Party’s Eamon Ryan has performed well and is in contention with Fianna Fail’s Mary Fitzpatrick and Independent Nessa Childers for the seats.

Sinn Fein’s Lynn Boylan will top the poll on 24pc, according to the RTE exit poll.

Mr Hayes and Mr Ryan are both on 14pc, followed by Ms Fitzpatrick on 12pc and Ms Childers on 11pc.

Labour’s Emer Costello is well out of the running on 8pc, with Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy on 7pc and People Before Profit’s Brid Smith on 6pc.

With a quota of 25pc, Mr Hayes will be heavily dependent on transfers from Labour.

The dramatic rise in support for Independents throws the European election results wide open.

Labour won’t win any seats and Fine Gael and Fianna Fail are in danger of missing their targets.

Independents Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Marian Harkin will be strongly in contention in Ireland Midlands-North-West.

Labour has no hope of winning any seats as the party’s European support is down to six per cent.

Fine Gael’s support being down to 22pc nationally puts the party at risk of failing to win the four seats it was in contention for.

Sinn Fein should have enough votes at 17pc nationally to win three seats.


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