Sinn Fein’s Lynn Boylan is poised to take one of the first two seats in the Dublin constituency in this Friday’s European elections, a new Sunday Independent/MillwardBrown opinion poll reveals.
Ms Boylan has seen her support rise by three points to 23 per cent.
The poll, published tomorrow, also shows Fine Gael’s Brian Hayes chasing her for the title of poll-topper after his support rose significantly — by seven points to 22 per cent — since last month’s Sunday Independent/Millward Brown poll.
Independent MEP Nessa Childers — who won a seat for Labour in the last European election but quit the party after falling out with the leadership — is marginally ahead in the battle for the third seat after her support, excluding don’t knows, dropped six points to 13 per cent.
She is followed by Fianna Fail’s Mary Fitzpatrick (11 per cent) and Labour’s Emer Costello (10 per cent).
The battle for the final seat in the capital is vital for both Labour and Fianna Fail and will play a role in determining the leadership fates of Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and opposition leader Micheal Martin.
Europe 2014 Dublin constituency - Share of 1st Preference Vote: 13th-14th May 2014
The poll findings confirm deep resentment across the country over the Coalition’s latest crippling charge.
Both Fine Gael and Labour are facing a massive backlash at the ballot box on Friday’s trio of local, European and by-elections.
Aside from Dublin, Sinn Fein is also set to win seats in Ireland Midlands-North-West, where support for poll-topper Matt Carthy has jumped by two points to 19 per cent, and in Ireland South, where Liadh Ni Riada on 16 per cent lies in second place.
Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy has seen his support rise from four to seven per cent. Ahead of the local elections, the party changed its official name to ‘Stop the Water Tax — Party’ and this title will appear on the ballot paper beside the candidates names.
People Before Profit candidate Brid Smith has risen one point to six per cent.
Tom Darcy of Direct Democracy Ireland remains stubbornly at 1 per cent, while three candidates Independent Jim Tallon, Raymond Whitehead also of Direct Democracy and Damon Wise of Fis Nua failed to register a point.
Source Irish Independent