European Election 2019

European elections: Mark Durkan on 8 per cent first preferences, poll suggests

Former SDLP leader Mark Durkan is running for Fine Gael in the European elections in Dublin

FORMER SDLP leader Mark Durkan is set to receive the sixth most first-preference votes in Dublin for the European elections, a new poll suggests.

Eight per cent of voters surveyed intend to give their first preference to the former Foyle MP, who is running in the four-seat constituency as a Fine Gael candidate.

This places him behind his running mate Frances Fitzgerald (17 per cent), Sinn Féin's Lynn Boylan (13 per cent), Fianna Fáil's Barry Andrews (12 per cent), Green Party's Ciarán Cuffe (11 per cent) and Independents 4 Change's Clare Daly (nine per cent).

Dublin gained an extra MEP seat in this election in anticipation of the UK leaving the European Union.

But with Brexit stalled and the UK now taking part in the elections, the fourth candidate deemed elected in Dublin will not take their seat until the UK withdraws from the EU.

The Red C poll for Dublin involved interviews with a random sample of more than 500 adults aged 18+ by telephone and online between May 6 and May 16 2019. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.5 per cent.

In the Republic, the European election will be held on Friday on the same day as the south's 2019 council elections and a referendum on easing restrictions on divorce.

The European election vote in Northern Ireland will be held a day earlier, on Thursday.

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