Irish coalition punished despite recovery: exit polls

A polling station sign is pictured in Dublin, Ireland, on February 26, 2016, during a general electionIreland faced political uncertainty on Saturday after two exit polls indicated voters had punished the outgoing governing coalition in Europe’s fastest-growing economy, which is feeling the pain of years of austerity. Both Prime Minister Enda Kenny’s centre-right Fine Gael and its Labour junior partner lost support as voters angry at continuing hardship in the eurozone country shifted to independent politicians and leftwing parties. Exit polls indicated the two government parties would take between 55 and 68 seats between them: far short of the 80 needed to win a second term as counting was set to begin.

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