Looks like some bad news for Sinn Fein, but their inveterate rivals on the right could be no more after this dust up. Mary HarneyThe Irish Times reports:
…with 74 per cent of the boxes opened, PD leader Michael McDowell is in serious trouble and looks like being in a dog fight with Green Party chairman John Gormley for the last seat.
In Laois-Offaly, PD president Tom Parlon is in serious difficulty, and with more than 70 per cent of the votes tallied, he has just 8 per cent of the first preferences.
In Dublin South PD deputy leader Liz O’Donnell is also struggling and, based on the early tallies, looks unlikely to retain her seat.
And, whilst there is no such bad news for the Greens, their expected step forward will be pushed to materialise through transfers:
The Green Party does not appear to be polling strongly, and in Galway West, where the party was hoping to make a gain, sitting mayor Niall Ó Brolcháin is some way off the pace.
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