European elections live: record number of far-right candidates as Ireland heads to the polls

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Ireland heads to nan polls to ballot successful section and European elections

Rory Carroll

Rory Carroll

Voters successful Ireland are going to nan polls successful section and European elections that person been dominated by a lodging shortage and a backlash against immigrants and refugees.

A grounds number of far-right candidates are connected nan ballot for section councils and nan European parliament but it is unclear if galore will get elected and subordinate an expected far-right surge crossed Europe.

Parties from nan ruling conjugation person sought to neuter nan threat by hardening rhetoric and measures against migrants and asylum seekers. The far-right has besides dented its prospects pinch a proliferation of candidates that will divided their vote.

Polling stations opened astatine 7am section clip and will adjacent astatine 10pm.

Ireland will nonstop 14 MEPs to Europe, accounting for 2% of nan 720-seat chamber. Voters will besides capable 949 metropolis and region assembly seats successful 31 section authorities authorities and take a politician for Limerick.

With polls showing that almost two-thirds of voters want tougher controls connected immigration, nan centre-right authorities has reduced use support, expanded enforcement and removed encampments to deter caller arrivals.

That appears to person helped stabilise support for nan Greens and Fianna Fáil and to person bolstered Fine Gael, nan 3rd statement successful nan conjugation led by nan taoiseach, Simon Harris.

Read nan afloat communicative here.

Taoiseach Simon Harris casts his ballot successful nan European Union's parliamentary and Ireland's section elections, successful nan County Wicklow municipality of Delgany, June 7.
Taoiseach Simon Harris casts his ballot successful nan European Union's parliamentary and Ireland's section elections, successful nan County Wicklow municipality of Delgany, June 7. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

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Good greeting and invited backmost to nan European elections blog.

Voters will Ireland spell to nan polls today, and voters successful nan Czech Republic will beryllium voting coming and tomorrow.

We will beryllium delving into nan latest connected nan run way and polling places.

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