Poll suggests Sinn Féin may win European Parliament seats outside Dublin

Saturday 26 April 2014 22.14
Sinn Féin may secure its first seats outside Dublin
Sinn Féin may secure its first seats outside Dublin

Sinn Féin looks set to be on course to win three European Parliament seats in next month's election, according to an Independent Newspapers/Millward Brown poll.

The poll surveyed around 500 people in each of the three Euro constituencies on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week

In Midlands-North-West, Sinn Féin's Matt Carthy is on 17%, while in the South Brian Crowley's support is 36%.

He is followed by Sinn Féin's Liadh Ni Riada on 15%.

Several Fine Gael candidates are attracting almost equal levels of support.

Mairead McGuinness and Jim Higgins each have 11% in Midlands North West.

In Ireland South, Seán Kelly and Deirdre Clune are both on 12%.

Wicklow TD Simon Harris is on 7%, as is independent Diarmuid O'Flynn.

The Labour Party candidates in each constituency both recorded support levels of just 4%.

In Midlands North West, Fianna Fáil's Thomas Byrne was on 16%, his support almost double that of his running-mate Pat the Cope Gallagher on 9%.

In this constituency also two independents, sitting MEP Marian Harkin and TD Luke Ming Flanagan, are on 12%.

Less than four weeks out from polling day there are some clear trends emerging in these elections.

The poll for Dublin shows Sinn Féin Candidate Lynn Boylan leading the way on 20% in the battle for one of the three seats.

She is followed closely by Independent Nessa Childers with Fine Gael's Brian Hayes on 15%.

Fianna Fail's Mary Fitzpatrick is on 13%, just ahead of Labour's Emer Costello and the Green's Eamon Ryan.

The remaining candidates' support is estimated at between one and 5%.