EURO HOPEFUL Peter O’Loughlin faces a difficult job in Ireland South where he will be hoping to get past the second count for the first time. This is the fourth election for Identity Ireland’s leader who has previously run for Europe and the Dáil, polling around 1% of the vote.

O’Loughlin’s anti-immigration endeavours have struggled to make any real impact politically or in fertile waters online. He remains best known for a viral film in 2016, in which he was badly beaten by protesters ahead of the launch of Pegida Ireland. That franchise has also failed to gather momentum, but despite these knocks he has kept himself busy forging links with far right figures like Stephen Yaxley-Lennon AKA Tommy Robinson, formerly of the English Defence League (EDL) and the British National party (BNP), Italian Deputy Prime Minister Mateo Salvini and members of Golden Dawn in Greece.

Back home however, O’Loughlin has his work cut out in a crowded field and the campaign experienced a false start last week when Sarsfield’s GAA Club in Cork withdrew use of the venue for an official election launch.