A new opinion poll to be revealed this evening shows that independent candidates running in Kerry are on 39 per cent of first preferences.
The Ipsos MRBI opinion poll carried out in recent days for TG4 indicates that Fine Gael are in second place on 27 per cent.
This poll of 500 people was carried out just days after Cllr Danny Healy-Rae announced last week that he was to run in the general election as a running mate to his brother, sitting TD Michael Healy-Rae. More details of the poll – including a breakdown for all 16 candidates standing in the Kerry constituency – are to be revealed on TG4’s news programme Vóta Dhá Mhíle is a Sé Déig tonight at 7 o’clock.
Initial findings show that independents which include the Healy-Raes standing on 39 per cent, Fine Gael on 27%, Fianna Fáil on 16%, Labour on 8%, Sinn Féin on 7% and others on 3 per cent.
Other independent candidates are Mary Fitzgibbon, Henry Gaynor, Kevin Murphy and Michael Pixie O’Gorman.
There are five Dáil seats to win in the Kerry constituency.