Fine Gael heading for victory: poll

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A heater provides a warm glow as people cast their vote in Omeath, Co Louth

Irish centre-right party Fine Gael looks set to lead the next government – but without an overall majority, according to an exit poll in the Irish general election.

The party recorded 36.1% support – its highest result since November 1982 – according to the Millward Brown Lansdowne study commissioned by broadcaster RTE.

Labour, which hopes to be in coalition with Fine Gael, is on 20.5%, its best ever share of the vote.

Outgoing ruling party Fianna Fail is on a record low of 15.1%.

Sinn Fein’s support is put at 10.1%, with outgoing coalition partners the Greens on 2.7% with the Independents and others polling 15.5%

The exit poll interviewed 3,500 voters after casting their ballots outside polling stations across 43 constituencies Friday.

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