Exit poll indicates three-way tie for top spot in general election
Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin are locked into a dead heat ahead of Sunday's count.
The people of Ireland went to the polls on Saturday to cast their vote in the country's first general election since 2016.
According to the initial exit poll released shortly after polls closed at 10pm, Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin are locked in a tight three-way battle at the top.
The Ipsos MRBI poll, conducted by RTÉ, the Irish Times, TG4 and UCD, questioned over 5,000 people at 250 polling stations across the country upon casting their respective votes.
The results of the exit poll, with a margin of error of 1.3%, are as follows:
Fine Gael - 22.4%
Fianna Fáil - 22.3%
Sinn Féin - 22.2%
Green Party - 7.9%
Labour - 4.6%
Social Democrats - 3.4%
Solidarity/People Before Profit - 2.8%
Independents - 11.2%
An extraordinary result, with Sunday's count now extremely interesting.
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) February 8, 2020