Local papers suggest FF is facing uphill battles in both Donegal constituencies

Fianna Fail could be wiped out in Donegal North East, according to a new poll.

The first major poll taken for the forthcoming general election locally appears in todays Tirconaill Tribune newspaper.

The phone-poll which canvassed 800 voters over Thursday and Friday of last week shows Sinn Fein’s Padraig MacLochlainn with 28% of the vote followed by Fine Gael’s Joe McHugh on 20%. Only Betty Holmes is polling any way well among the Independent group with 5% of the poll.

According to Tirconaill Tribune editor John McAteer, Fianna Fail candidate Charlie McConalogue will have to battle it out with Labour’s Jimmy Harte for the third seat Donegal North East...................

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Meanwhile, today's Donegal Democrat says internal polls by both Fianna Fail and Fine Gael suggest Fianna Fail may also be in trouble in Donegal South West, with Tanaiste Mary Coughlan in danger of losing her seat.

According to the paper, the internal polls suggest Deputies Pearse Doherty (SF) and  Diny Mc Ginley (FG) will return to the Dail, with Ms Coughlan and her party colleague Senator Brian O'Domhnaill fighting for the third seat along with Independent Cllr Thomas Pringle, with Cllr Pringle potentially the best placed to benefit from transfers.