Sinn Fein Target 6-7 Extra Seats
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At the least it seems Sinn Fein are hoping to pick up 6 additional seats in this election. Mary Lou McDonald reckons they can pick up seats in Donegal (not sure if one or both), Sligo-North Leitrim, Cork North Central, Waterford and Wexford. She also suggests seats in Dublin (well she would) though not specifying how many (Doolan and Ellis have chances). Thus the conservative number of 6 though they could be looking at as many as 10 or 12. The polls seem to be quite static for Sinn Fein at around 10% although it is work on the ground that matters.I know there is talk of Pearse Doherty in Donegal and hard graft being done in Dublin. I think Waterford and Wexford will not happen though. Waterford‘s poll recently suggested that David Cullinane was struggling while Wexford is a very tough conservative constituency to break into. John Dwyer would need to double his support to look at winning a seat, although as one of two New Ross candidates he may come close. Still I wouldnt put any money on either of those constituencies yielding a seat (anyone in the area-leave a comment and let us know what the story is).
So what do we think? Is Mary right to look at a seat take of 11-15/17 seats for Sinn Fein after the General Election?