It is the morning after the night before for the Green party.

As jokes about them breaking out the elderflower wine circulated last night, party supporters will be hoping that the surge in support projected in the RTÉ TG4 Exit Poll will be replicated when the votes are counted.

After a week, when there was much talk in political circles about swings, will the huge swing towards the Greens in these elections materialise and convert into local and European seats?

Green shoots aside, what else was Ireland thinking on Friday, 24 May - the day the Spice Girls played Croke Park and Theresa May shed tears as she announced her departure from Downing Street?

The RTÉ TG4 Exit Poll indicates significant support for a united Ireland.

65% of voters polled have indicated they would vote in favour of a united Ireland if a referendum was held tomorrow. 19% would vote against the proposal, while 15% of respondents to the poll said they did not know, or refused to answer the question.

It comes just a week since former Northern Ireland deputy first minister Seamus Mallon warned against a premature border poll as it could lead to violence.

One of the architects of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement cautioned that "a very narrow vote for unity would lead to more division, instability and probably violence."

The strong indications of a surge in support for the Green party that emerged last night would appear to be buttressed by one key statistic this morning - almost 90% of voters feel that the Government needs to prioritise climate change more.

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One seasoned political observer pointed out that it can happen that the Green party brand gets such a surge that it becomes almost secondary who the candidates are.

He cited the example of the election of Sadhbh O’Neill, a 21-year-old Trinity student who got elected to Dublin City Council in 1991.

She had never canvassed and headed off to the US on a J1 visa for the summer. Yet the party brand was such that she was elected.

This exit poll suggests that the Government may be behind where the Irish people are in terms of wanting to tackle climate change. Will the Green party have enough candidates in the field to meet the apparent surge in support?

Another finding from the poll that will cause some unease in Government buildings, is the statistic that just 42% of voters trust this Government to manage the economy and public spending well. 54% of voters polled disagreed with the statement; "I trust this Government to manage the economy and public spending well".

This statistic will surely lead to some soul searching, particularly within Fine Gael as it is the party that has prided itself on its reputation for prudent economic planning.

It appears the controversies surrounding the cost overruns at the new National Children’s Hospital and the projected costs of the National Broadband Plan have clearly struck a chord with the public.

Independent candidate Peter Casey was roundly criticised by his opponents in the Midlands-North-West constituency for his comments about migration during the campaign - something that came to a head on Tuesday’s Prime Time debate. 

So is migration a salient issue with the electorate?

According to the findings of the RTÉ TG4 Exit Poll, 52% of voters have indicated that they are worried that people are "coming into Ireland illegally, staying here and freeloading off the State." But seven out of ten voters agree that on the whole immigration has benefited Irish society.

There has been a lot of debate about the militarisation of the EU during the European election campaign.

According to the exit poll 82% of voters say Ireland should remain a neutral country in all aspects, while a third of voters agree that Ireland should be part of "the proposed European Armed Forces." The poll suggests that Irish public opinion on neutrality has not shifted and it remains sacrosanct.

Following the referendums in recent years on the repeal of the Eighth Amendment and same sex marriage, the poll indicates that a massive 85% of Irish voters are "delighted" that Ireland has become more liberal in recent years.

The projected landslide victory in the referendum on the proposal to ease restrictions on divorce tallies with this sentiment.

In a positive indicator for the Government, the poll suggests that 59% of voters have indicated that they believe the country is going in the right direction.

But almost nine out of ten voters (89%) believe there should be more policies to resolve the gap between rich and poor.

The European elections are often referred to as "secondary elections" as people generally care more about domestic issues.

This has been borne out by the exit poll as 82% of those polled agreed that local issues such as homelessness are much more important than European issues.

Interestingly, 76% of voters surveyed agree with the statement that they are tired of listening to so called experts or elites who do not speak for me. This suggests a disconnect between the electorate and the political classes.

That is something that may give all parties some food for thought this weekend as the votes are counted.