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Disappointing Election So Far For Everyone But The Green Party

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It’s been a disappointing election so far for everyone but the Green Party.

The Green Wave has been particularly strong in Dublin as climate-conscious voters make their voices felt.

This lunchtime, tallies are still going across the country with no results expected for a number of hours yet.

The Green Party surge is the big story, Ciaran Cuffe in Dublin is outstripping his rivals by 2 to 1 in some European boxes while Saoirse McHugh and Grace O’Sullivan are on course for seats.

Big questions for Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil though. Fianna Fáil won’t get a seat in Midlands North West having got just 9 percent of the vote between two candidates.

The Red C exit poll shows Brendan Smith got 0 percent among 18-24-year-olds. While the same age group in Dublin voted 42 percent in favour of the Green Party – showing a clear age trend.

Fine Gael also look likely to lose Deirdre Clune’s seat in Ireland South. In the local elections, it’s a poor showing for the two main parties and Sinn Féin in Dublin.

More support for Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil in the rest of the country – but seat losses are likely for both parties.