Ireland goes to the polls
Around three million Irish voters will vote across 43 constituencies for 166 TDs (Members of the Irish Parliament) of the 31st Dáil today (25th February 2011). Polling stations are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
In the last election in 2007 Fianna Fáil won with 77 seats and 41.6% of the vote, although they had to go into a coalition with the Greens. In the opinion polls Fianna Fáil are on 14%, a scale of the downward slide of the party over the past few months.
In the same election Fine Gael won 51 seats with 27.3% of the vote. Today their standing is 38% if the opinion polls are to believed and they are widely expected to form the next government.
We will publish the results as soon as they are known and there will be a full analysis of the winning party manifesto in the February PSR (Political Situation Report).