TODAY’S Irish Times /TNS mrbi poll indicates a close race for seats in the Ireland South Euro constituency in the upcoming election.
The figures, which are part of a wider poll published in today’s Irish Times show that Fianna Fáil’s Brian Crowley maintains his huge personal popularity as he is way out in front on 30 per cent, but after Crowley there is a real dogfight for seats.
Mr Crowley’s running mate, Cork East TD Ned O’Keeffe looks to be out of the race completely on just four per cent while Fine Gael’s front-runner is former GAA President, Sean Kelly who is showing at 16 per cent.
The current Fine Gael MEP, Colm Burke has some ground to make up registering 10 per cent. Mr Burke has the backing of the sitting Cork TDs and senators but he will need a significant surge in support if he is to retain his seat.
Current independent MEP, Kathy Sinnott is showing in third place, just, with 14 per cent approval. Close behind is Labour candidate, Senator Alan Kelly registering a promising 12 per cent while Sinn Fein’s Toireasa Ferris is also in the running for the third seat registering 10 per cent.
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