George Lee a shoe-in in Dublin South by-election

Yesterdays Sindo reports RTE’s ex-economics editor is polling 49% of first preferences with 21% undecided, a whopping 37 point led over nearest rival Labour’s Senator Alex White. The constituency also features Elizabeth Davidson whose husband ran for the UUP in the 1998 Northern Ireland forum elections. While she is unlikely to win, she has opened up a 5 point lead (on 6%) over Sinn Fein’s Shaun Tracey (on 1%). Fianna Fáil are facing wipe out in both by-election constituencies, with Bertie’s brother Maurice looking unlikely to win the Dublin Central seat vacated on Tony Gregory’s death.

Update : As Horseman correctly points out in the comments Andrew Davison stood for the UUP in Foyle in the 1996 forum elections.

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