EU19: Green surge as exit poll favours Saoirse McHugh in Midlands North West Europe race

Mairead McGuiness looks set to retain her Midlands North-west European parliament seat according to an exit poll tonight.

Figures suggest that the former TV presenter has secured 25% of the vote, with Sinn Fein’s Matt Carthy behind her on 13%.

Saoirse McHugh has polled strongly according to the RTE exit poll- and appears to have gathered 13% support.

Ex-Rose of Tralee  Maria Walsh and Roscommon’s Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan are tied on 10% support each.

Fianna Fail candidate Brendan Smith is on 6% and running mate Anne Rabbitte on 3%.

Presidential runner-up Peter Casey is on 7% but the poll has a 4% margin of error.