Fianna Fáil reassesses EU voting strategy after poll shows it’s might not win a seat

Fianna Fáil has abandoned it voting strategy in the Midlands-North West constituency for the European elections in a bid to boost the party’s vote.

The party is running two candidates, Cavan-Monaghan TD Brendan Smith and Galway TD Anne Rabbitte, but a recent poll showed Fianna Fáil’s vote would likely split meaning the party could be left with no seats in a repeat of the 2014 election.

Party Headquarters had divided the constituency into three areas, the north east would be canvassed solely by Brendan Smith, the west by Anne Rabbitte and the south of the constituency would be shared.

However, it’s now allowing candidates to canvass across the constituency over fears the party may not garner enough support to win one seat.

It comes as Fine Gael has reallocated some of its areas, with party managers believing good vote management could see Maria Walsh and Mairead McGuinness win two seats.