Poll on Euro elections shows FG strong in South

Brian Crowley, MEP: 32% support in the latest poll.

A new opinion poll for the European elections suggests Fine Gael should take two of the four seats in the Ireland South constituency.

The Millward Brown poll for the Irish Independent also shows that Fianna Fáil could lose out to two independents in the Midlands North-West.

500 voters were polled in each of the constituencies on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week.

The poll for Ireland South shows Fianna Fáil’s Brian Crowley is safe on 32%, while Sinn Fein’s Liadh Ni Riada should also take a seat with 16%.

Fine Gael’s three candidates have over a third of the vote between them, and two should secure a seat.

However, those remaining Fine Gael candidates are close in the race: Sean Kelly is on 15%, Deirdre Clune on 10%, and Simon Harris on 9%.

Labour’s Phil Prendergast is in a huge fight to keep her seat, on just 6%.

In Midlands North-West, Sinn Fein’s Matt Carthy leads the way on 19%, while independent Luke Ming Flanagan is now second on 15%.

Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuinness has 13%, while the sitting independent Marian Harkin follows on 12%.

Fianna Fáil’s Pat ‘the Cope’ Gallagher is on 10%, with his running mate Thomas Byrne on 9% – meaning one or the other, but not both, should be in contention for the last seat.

But on just 6%, Fine Gael’s veteran Jim Higgins would be out of the running.

A similar poll for Dublin will be published tomorrow.

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