Counts for the European Parliament elections began at 9am

An RTÉ exit poll showed that Independents and Others lead the way in terms of national support for the European elections, with support standing at 27%.

The poll showed support for both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil was at 22%.

Sinn Féin support is estimated at 17%, while Labour has seen a collapse in support to 6%.

Green Party support is estimated at 6% and the Socialist Party and the People Before Profit Alliance have a combined support of 3%.

The opinion poll surveyed 3,000 people and has a 2% margin of error.

The poll for the Dublin constituency put Sinn Féin’s Lynn Boylan in pole position to win a seat with 24% support, reflective of Sinn Féin support nationally.

The remaining two seats in the constituency appear to be between Fine Gael’s Brian Hayes, former Green Party TD Eamon Ryan, Independent Nessa Childers and Mary Fitzpatrick of Fianna Fáil.

Labour’s Emer Costello, a sitting MEP, was predicted to have support of 8%.

The poll also placed Independent Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan on course for a seat in the Midlands North West constituency.

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