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Exit polls show Ireland's outgoing coalition to fall short of a majority

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By Euronews
Exit polls show Ireland's outgoing coalition to fall short of a majority

<p>Ireland looked set to kick Prime Minister Enda Kenny’s coalition government out of office with no clear alternative in sight, according to an exit poll after Friday’s general election.</p> <p>The poll commissioned by the Irish Times newspaper said Kenny’s centre-right Fine Gael will win but junior partners Labour will fall short of the votes they need for re-election. </p> <p>Michael Martin’s main opposition Fianna Fáil is said to be in close second on 23% of the vote, while Sinn Fein, lead by Gerry Adams was expected to make big gains.</p> <p>Left-wing Sinn Fein has already seen a near doubling of support since the last vote leaving it jostling with centre-right party Fianna Fail for the position of second largest party.</p> <p>Political stalemate poses risks for the recovery of Ireland’s recently-battered economy.</p> <p>The first of 157 seats were due to be declared on Saturday afternoon with the final winners potentially not decided until early next week.</p>