A new opinion poll is showing a significant drop in the Healy-Rae vote while the Sinn Fein surge is being replicated in Kerry.
That’s according to a TG4/Ipsos MRBI constituency poll carried out over last weekend.
This poll was conducted among 538 adults in Kerry on Saturday and Sunday and has a margin of error of 4%.
It shows Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae and Sinn Fein Cllr Pa Daly, who is aiming to hold the party’s seat following the retirement of Martin Ferris, lead the way on 20% each.
Fine Gael TD and Junior Minister Brendan Griffin is on 17% followed by Fianna Fail’s Norma Foley at 10%.
Green Party candidate Cleo Murphy and Fianna Fail TD John Brassil are both on 9%.
Fine Gael’s Mike Kennelly is on 6% and Fianna Fail’s Norma Moriarty is on 4%.
Also, on 4% is Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae, which is a big drop on his 2016 election performance when he had almost 13% of first preferences.
Aontu candidate Sonny Foran is on 2% and Independent Ted Cronin has 1%.
John Bowler of the Irish Freedom Party and Independent Sean O’Leary haven’t registered support according to the poll.