Elections 2014: Euro gains for SF, Ming as Labour flops

Ireland has mirrored the trend across Europe, with voter sentiment swinging sharply towards opposition and anti-establishment parties, writes Pat Leahy, Political Editor.

25th May, 2014
Lynn Boylan of Sinn Féin, seen here with local SF councillor Eoin O'Broin, is all smiles after casting her vote at Scoil Áine in Clondalkin, Dublin. Picture: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Counting will begin in the European elections this morning, but an RTE exit poll published yesterday, as well as partial tallies from count centres around the country, suggests that Ireland will follow European trends in a major swing towards opposition and anti-establishment parties.

Sinn Féin is likely to be the biggest winner. Lynn Boylan is guaranteed a seat in Dublin according to the exit poll, and both Matt Carthy in Midlands-Northwest and Liadh Ní Riada...

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