In the Irish Times Stephen Collins looks at the results of what seems to have been some fairly rigorous polling. [“The poll was conducted from Tuesday to Thursday of this week among a representative sample of 2,000 voters. Face-to-face interviews were conducted with 500 people in each of the four Euro constituencies. The margin of error is 2 per cent.”] Overall party performances here. And Cian has more EU details at Irish Election. But of particular interest may be the figures for the Dublin EU constituency.
In Dublin, Gay Mitchell of Fine Gael leads the field with 28 per cent [+2], followed by Proinsias De Rossa of the Labour Party with 25 per cent [+4]. There is a big gap between them and the chasing field, which is led by Mary Lou McDonald of Sinn Féin, on 11 per cent [-3], followed by Eoin Ryan and Joe Higgins on 9 per cent each [-2 and +2 respectively]. Deirdre De Búrca of the Greens is next on 6 per cent, followed by former Green Patricia McKenna, who has slipped back to 5 per cent, the same as Eibhlín Byrne of Fianna Fáil. Caroline Simons of Libertas is on 2 per cent. The transfers from the weaker candidates will determine who wins the three-way contest for the final seat.