Wexford

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Province: Rest of Leinster

Seats: 5

Current TDs: 1 SF, 1 FG, 1 FF, 1 LAB, 1 IND

Projection: 2 SF, 1 FG, 1 FF, 1 LAB

Gains

SF +1

Losses

IND -1

Analysis

September 2021

Wexford has probably seen the biggest changes of any constituency as a result of the Labour recovery. Not only is Brendan Howlin favoured by the model to hold his seat for the first time, he’s favoured to do so relatively comfortably.

This is something that felt like a huge miss in the model that I couldn’t find the root cause of, but it seems the polling has taken care of it for me. Howlin is probably the most consistently popular Labour TD in the Dáil when it comes to local support, and it’s reflected here that he’s poised to do the best from the changes in polling.

Elsewhere, SF, FF and FG are all comfortably going to take one seat, with the final seat a battle between second candidates from those three parties – which Sinn Féin are currently favoured to win.

January 2021

SF and FG should take two seats here without too much bother. IND Verona “Not a Racist” Murphy is going to struggle with Independent support down and Fine Gael support up, and consequently, FG should regain the seat won by their former candidate. Johnny Mythen’s vote should be sufficient to bring in an SF running mate.

The final seat is less clear. Brendan Howlin has been in the Dáil since 1987 and has dominated the vote around Wexford town in spite of tough polling environments for Labour before. James Browne would have done better in 2020 if Fianna Fáil hadn’t made the absolutely incomprehensible decision to run four candidates, which probably cost them a second seat. Currently in a one on one, the model gives Browne the edge, but caution should be exercised here – Howlin has massively outperformed his party before, and FF could very easily mess up their candidate strategy. The current call is for FF, but this is far from a sure thing.

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