Martin dismisses talk of McGuinness' leadership challenge

Micháel Martin is batting off an apparent challenge to his leadership.

Fianna Fáil's John McGuinness earlier said he wanted to know why the party had not secured a bigger jump in support and again indicated that he is interested in becoming party leader.

Mr Martin says his feedback from party members is "very positive" and John McGuinness' apparent charge for his job will not be a thorn in his side.

The Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney says Fine Gael could return four MEPs, while Labour's sitting MEP for Dublin, Emer Costello, has admitted her chances of retaining her seat are "a hill too steep to climb".

An RTE exit poll and early tallies show that Sinn Féin's Lynn Boylan is well ahead of the field - with Fine Gael's Brian Hayes and Eamon Ryan of The Greens leading in contention for the final two seats.

Mr Coveney says it is too early to write off Brian Hayes.

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