For those intrested in Irish Politics the Meath East byelection has been won . Fine Gael candidate Helen McEntee was elected on the third count. who tqakes the seat after the death of her father Shane McEntee.
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|2013 by-election: Meath East|
|Party||Candidate||% 1st Pref||Count 1||Count 2||Count 3|
|Fine Gael||Helen McEntee||38.5||9,356||9,547||11,473|
|Fianna Fáil||Thomas Byrne||32.9||8,002||8,106||9,582|
|Sinn Féin||Darren O'Rourke||13.0||3,165||3,370|
|Direct Democracy Ireland||Ben Gilroy||6.5||1,568||1,793|
|Labour Party||Eoin Holmes||4.6||1,112||1,245|
|Green Party||Seán Ó Buachalla||1.7||423|
|Workers' Party||Seamus McDonagh||1.1||263|
|Electorate: 64,164 Valid: 24,309 Spoilt: 259 Quota: 12,155 Turnout: 38.3%|
The Constituency has 3 TD's elected underr STV at the 201I Shane Mcentee had held his seat and Fine Gael gained an extra seat and Labour the Third. The then ruling Fianna Fail lost its two seats reflecting the swing against them in the General Election throughout the republic,
| % of|
|Fine Gael||Enda Kenny||801,628||36.1||8.8||76||25||45.8|
|Labour Party||Eamon Gilmore||431,796||19.5||9.3||37||17||22.3|
|Fianna Fáil[nb 6]||Micheál Martin||387,358||17.5||24.2||20||57||12.0|
|Sinn Féin||Gerry Adams||220,661||9.9||3.0||14||10||8.4|
|People Before Profit||None||21,551||1.0||0.6||2||2||1.2|
|Green Party||John Gormley||41,039||1.8||2.9||0||6||0|
Since then polls, have showed a recovery for Fianaa Fail but not enough to win a General election,
The Polls also show a significant rise in support for Sinn Féin but they failed to make any breakthrough votewise in Meat East
However if there was a Irish General Election tomorrow there could possibly be a Fianna Fáil Sinn Féin coalition.
Sinn Féin are in a position tom hold a balance of power.
But with the two main parties Fianna Fáil amd Fine Gael both being Conservative and separated by historical factors rather than Ideology they may choose that joining in a coalition together may be the best way to keep Sinn Féin out of power.
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