Thursday 19 April 2018

Independents' Day as Labour Party faces a drubbing

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

Independents have won the largest number of votes in the local and European elections, with Sinn Fein also making substantial gains.

But the Labour Party is facing a drubbing and Fine Gael has also had a bad mid-term election, according to an RTE Exit Poll. 

Independents support has risen to 28pc, with Sinn Fein up to 16pc.

But Labour is facing a really bad day getting just seven per cent in the local elections and six per cent in the European elections.

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore’s party support is just a third of the vote it achieved in the 2011 general election.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s Fine Gael is also down considerably to 24pc – a drop of 12 points from the general election.

Sinn Fein’s support is short of what the party was getting in opinion polls over recent weeks, but the party is still up to 16pc – ahead of the 10pc it got in 2011.

Independents are the big winners at 27pc, ahead of any of the parties.


Local Election 2009

Fine Gael 32.2%

Fianna Fail 25.4%

Labour 14.7%

Sinn Fein 7.4%

Independents 15.6%

Green Party 2.3%

Small parties 2.4%


General Election 2012

Fine Gael 36%

Labour 19%

Fianna Fail 17%

Sinn Fein 10%

Independent 18%


Local Elections 2014 - poll

Independents 27%

Fine Gael 24%

Labour Party 7%

Fianna Fail 22%

Sinn Fein 16%

Green Party 3%


European Elections 2014 - exit poll

Independents 27%

Fine Gael 22%

Labour Party 6%

Fianna Fail 22%

Sinn Fein 17%

Green Party 6%

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