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26/09/2021

Exit polls show Fine Gael, Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil almost level 

If it's the same in Donegal there could be a loss of a seat for a sitting TD

Exit polls show Fianna Fáil leading the way , then Sinn Féin with Fine Gael trailing third

An IPSOS/MRBI Exit Poll in conjunction with RTÉ has revealed that Fine Gael has held onto top spot in the polls over Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil - but only just.

5,000 people were polled with a margin of error of 1.3%.

The national exit poll shows support for Fianna Fáil below expectations. The party looks to have received 22.2% of votes across the country, third of the big three.

The outgoing government party, Fine Gael, has rallied despite negative polls. They received 22.4% of votes, the highest of the big three. 

Sinn Féin have increased their support significantly since their disastrous local election in 2019. They polled at 22.3% nationally to take second spot. 

With a 1.3% margin of error, it is still impossible to determine the final result of this historic election. 

Elsewhere, the Green Party received 7.9% of first preference votes; Labour 4.6%; the Social Democrats 3.4% and Solidarity-People Before Profit 2.8%.  

It will be interesting to see how this pans out tomorrow, Sunday, at the count in the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny.

It may lead to the popular prediction for the Donegal constituency of FF 2; SF 2 and FG 1 meaning independent outgoing deputy, Thomas Pringle might lose his seat.

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