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Sinn Féin President May Lou McDonald addressing the Dáil this afternoon

This afternoon

Via Irish Examiner:

Left-wing TDs have said they plan to vote for Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald for Taoiseach on the basis that she will not go into government with either Fine Gael or Fianna Fail.

The Dail vote for Taoiseach is set to take place this afternoon but is not expected to produce a conclusive result.

Solidarity-People Before Profit TDs told reporters today that they would back Ms McDonald for Taoiseach, a move which is expected to put her ahead of her rivals for the role.

But without the support of the 80 TDs needed for a government, no Taoiseach or government will be decided and the Dail is expected to be adjourned as parties continue to negotiate on forming a new coalition.

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Left-wing TDs to vote for Mary Lou McDonald for Taoiseach (Irish Examiner)

Mary Lou McDonald with Sinn Féin supporters during the General Election 2016 count at the RDS, Dublin on February 27, 2016


In the Business Post.

Eoin O’Malley, associate professor of political science at Dublin City University and co-author of Resilient Reporting: Media coverage of Irish elections since 1969, wrote:

“We don’t yet have a systematic analysis of the Election 2020 coverage, but in an analysis of the years from 1969 to 2016, my colleagues in Dublin City University and I found that all party coverage during elections was negative, from all news outlets.

On average, the media didn’t speak about any party in positive terms.

During the Troubles, the Irish Times and Irish Independent coverage of Sinn Féin was more negative, but from 1989, it was treated the same as other parties, and moved in a more positive direction in 1997, perhaps reflecting the party’s involvement in the ongoing peace process.

In election 2016, however, both papers were much more negative in their coverage of Sinn Féin, separating it from the other parties.

“Our research found that the Irish Independent gave more coverage to Sinn Féin than any other paper or broadcaster, and that coverage was more negative than for any other party.

“But similarly, we also found coverage of Sinn Féin in 2016 was more negative for most media outlets.

So there is some evidence of bias against Sinn Féin in 2016, which may well have continued to 2020.”

Is the media really out to get Sinn Fein? (Eoin O’Malley, Business Post)

Previously: Will I Get The Coronavirus If I Vote Sinn Fein?


This morning.

Cormac writes:

The Greens are offering €5 per poster. If I had 50c for every cable tie I’d be going on a nice holiday. There’s 1000s left on poles in my area.

On a 15 minute walk from Clonskeagh [Dublin 14] to Ranelagh [Dublin 6] I picked these (above) up off the ground on just one side of the road

General election result predictions by Harry McGee of The Irish Times; Mr McGee

Further to spectacularly incorrect General Election predictions from the Irish Independent and RTÉ….

…on February 5, Political Correspondent for The Irish Times Harry McGee laid out his predictions for last week’s general election.

As of February 3, the election polls had shown that, following six national election polls, the combined Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael vote was less than 44%, while Sinn Féin was polling more than twice its local election vote in 2019.

Mr McGee predicted that Fianna Fáil would win 53 seats; Fine Gael, 38; Sinn Féin, 28; Labour, 8; Greens, 14; Social Democrats, 3; Solidarity-PBP, 2; Others, 14.

However, his predictions were less unequivocal than that of his peers.

Fianna Fáil would go on to lose 7 seats, Fine Gael would lose 12 and Sinn Féin would gain 15.

The final tally saw Fianna Fáil with 38 seats (one of which was automatic as Seán Ó Fearghaíl is the Ceann Comhairle); Sinn Féin, 37; Fine Gael, 35; Greens, 12; Social Democrats, 6; Labour, 6; Solidarity-People Before Profit, 5; Independents, 19; Aontú, 1; Other, 1.

Mr McGee’s approach to his predictions differed to that of RTÉ and the Irish Independent‘s Fionnan Sheahan, in that he predicted where Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin would potentially lose and win seats.

Sinn Féin

Mr McGee predicted that Sinn Féin would possibly gain seats in Donegal, Dublin West, Wexford, Cavan-Monaghan, Mayo, Longford-Westmeath.

He also predicted the party would possibly lose seats in Dublin Mid-West, Louth, Cork East.

However, confusingly, although perhaps because of the polls, while making his prediction of Sinn Féin’s losses, he also predicted Sinn Féin’s seats were safe in these constituencies which might explain his side note:

“I had another eight constituencies marked as potential losses for Sinn Féin. But that was a fortnight ago. And the world has changed since then.”

The results:

Sinn Féin gained 15 seats on top of the 22 it had at the start of the election, bringing their total to 37.

Donegal: Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty and Pádraig MacLochlainn won the top two seats.

Dublin West: Sinn Féin’s Paul Donnelly topped the poll and took the first seat after the first count.

Wexford: Sinn Féin’s Johnny Mythen topped the poll and took the first seat after the first count.

Cavan-Monaghan: Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy and Pauline Tully took the first and third seats.

Mayo: Sinn Féin’s Rose Conway-Walsh took the second seat after securing 22.7% of the first-preference votes.

Longford-Westmeath: Sinn Féin’s Sorca Clarke took the first seat after the first count, after securing 21% of the first-preference votes.

Dublin Mid-West: Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin and Mark Ward took the top two seats after the first count.

Louth: Sinn Féin’s Imelda Munster and Ruairí Murchú took the top two seats after the first count.

Cork East: Sinn Féin’s Pat Buckley topped the poll with 23.1% of the first-preference votes.

Fine Gael

Mr McGee predicted that Fine Gael would possibly gain seats in Dublin Mid-West, Cork North-Central, Tipperary, Cavan-Monaghan, Cork North-West, Cork East, Dublin-Rathdown, Kerry, Longford-Westmeath, Galway East, Louth, Limerick City.

He also predicted that the party would possibly lose seats in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin North-West, Galway West, Dublin Bay South, Wexford, Clare, Dublin South-Central and Meath East.

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Newly elected Green Party TD for Dublin Central Nessa Hourigan’s young daughter Rita responds to Prime Time journalist Richard Downes’ query about her performance in the election.

In fairness.

Watch Prime Time clip in full here


Social Democrat Jennifer Whitmore has taken the second seat in five seat Wicklow.

More as we get it.



Social Democrat Cian O’Callaghan wins the third and final seat in Dublin Bay North.



From top: Gary Gannon (Dublin North West), Holly Cairns (Cork South West), Róisín Shortall (Dublin North West) and Catherine Murphy (Kildare North) with Clem Ryan of KFM

This afternoon.

Social Democrat Gary Gannon has beaten off a challenge from Christy Burke to take the last seat in Dublin Central.

It gives the Social Democrats six seats with Mr Gannon joining Holly Cairns (Cork South West), Cian O’Callaghan (Dublin Bay North), Jennifer Whitmore (Wicklow) and co-leaders Catherine Murphy (Kidare North) and Roisin Shortall (Dublin North West).

Bigger than Labour?



From top: Chris Andrews, Jim O’Callaghan Eoghan Murphy and Kate O’Connell

This morning/afternoon

RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Scenes from the final tallies in the Dublin Bay South four-seater, where Fine Gael Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy joined Chris Andrews SF), Jim O’Callaghan (FF) and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan (elected yesterday) – at the expense of colleague Kate O’Connell

Eoghan Murphy Retains Seat At Cost Of Kate O’Connell (Newstalk)


This evening.

Phibblestown Community Centre, Dublin 15.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arriving at the Dublin West count centre where Sinn Fein’s  Paul Donnelly topped the poll ahead of the embattled Fine Gael leader, who said he would not enter talks with Sinn Féin to form a government.



This evening.

Phibblestown Community Centre, Dublin 15.

Paul Donnelly and his mother Bridie and Sinn Fein supporters celebrate his win.


This morning.

Navan Road, Cabra, Dublin 7.

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald leaving the polling station at St. Joseph’s School for Deaf Boys after voting in General Election 2020.



This morning.

Laurel Lodge, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar voting at Scoil Thomáis.

Sam Boal/Rollingnews


This morning.

St Mary’s Hospital, Phoenix Park, Dublin.

President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins voting in General Election 2020.



This morning.

Roebuck Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14.

Leader of the Green Party Eamon Ryan casting his vote in General Election 2020 at a polling station in the Muslim National School.



This morning.

The first voting nuns of Generel Election 2020.

Also at the Muslim National School, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14.


More as we get it.