Wicklow Fine Gael TD and Ireland South European candidate Andrew Doyle is strongly in contention to take a seat in the Ireland South European constituency according to a poll conducted by The Irish Times.
Doyle, who is one of the three Fine Gael candidates running in the area, is currently polling in sixth position with nine percent of those surveyed backing the Junior Minister for Agriculture.
Doyle’s running partner Séan Kelly sits comfortably at the top of the pack with an 18 percent share, while former Sinn Féin presidential candidate Liadh Ní Riada is currently second with 14 percent, narrowly ahead of Fianna Fáil TD Billy Kelleher in third place.
Fianna Fáil’s Malcom Byrne and sitting Fine Gael MEP Deirdre Clune are level on ten percent, currently occupying the final two seats.
With Doyle only a percentage point behind his second running partner, there is a possibility he could displace his colleague who is a sitting MEP.
Fine Gael will be vying for at least two seats with the support it has in the constituency, while Fianna Fáil will be hopeful of securing at least one of the five seats on offer.
Elsewhere, high profile Independent candidate Mick Wallace is on eight percent, with Labour’s Sheila Nunan and the Green Party’s Grace O’Sullivan completing the race for the final seat with a five percent share apiece.