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9 May 2002 Edition

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Morgan tipped for Louth seat

There was more good news for Sinn Féin this week as a poll in Louth commissioned by the Argus/Drogheda Independent Group predicted that Sinn Féin's Arthur Morgan will take a seat in the border constituency.

The poll placed the Sinn Féin County Councillor at 14.87%, putting him in prime position to oust Labour TD Michael Bell. Party workers, already reporting very positive feedback from their canvass, will be buoyed by this further confirmation of that growing support for Sinn Féin.

A poll in this week's Dublin's Southside People also suggested that Seán Crowe will take a seat in Dublin South West, perhaps even at the expense of Labour's Pat Rabbitte, who pollsters were surprised to find may be in trouble, despite his high national profile.

This follows the previous week's poll prediction that Martin Ferris is looking good for a seat in Kerry North.

None of Sinn Féin's Leinster House hopefuls will be getting carried away with these polls. They know that May 17 is the vote that counts but there is a growing confidence among republican activists that Sinn Féin will indeed be the story of this election.

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