Fine Gael candidates are on track to top the poll in all three European Parliament constituencies, according to a special Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll taken with sample ballot papers earlier this week.
Fianna Fáil will also challenge strongly to elect MEPs in each of the constituencies, while Sinn Féin’s three MEPs will see their vote decline substantially but remain in the running to retain their seats.
The poll indicates that other left-wing candidates are likely to end up competing with each for the remaining seats, though Luke Ming Flanagan in Midlands North West is likely to poll strongly and be returned, according to this poll.
The Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll was conducted on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week among 500 voters in each of the three European parliament constituencies using a sample ballot paper, a total of 1,500 voters across 150 sampling points in all constituencies. The accuracy is estimated at plus or minus 4.4 per cent at the European constituency level.
In the Midlands Northwest constituency Mairead McGuinness a sitting MEP is set to be a runaway poll topper on 26%.
Ind Luke Flanagan is on 16 per cent, while Sinn Féin sitting MEP Matt Carthy is on 14 per cent.
Marie Walsh FG is on 11 percent, Peter Casey 9 % , Brendan Smith FF 8% and Ann Rabbitte FF on 5 %.
The rest of the candidates in this constituency are polling below the margin of error ( from 1 to 3 %)