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McGuinness falls behind in presidential opinion poll

Martin McGuinness
Image caption The poll has Martin McGuinness in third place

Martin McGuinness has fallen three points in the latest opinion poll for the Irish presidential election.

The figures from the Red C poll, commissioned by the Sunday Business Post, put Mr McGuinness at 13%.

It suggests he is now 26 percentage points behind frontrunner, independent candidate Sean Gallagher.

Mr Gallagher has jumped 18 points since the last poll 10 days ago, and is leading on 39%.

He is followed by Labour's Michael D Higgins, who is on 27%.

The poll also indicates Fine Gael's Gay Mitchell is down two points to 8%. Senator David Norris is down seven to 7%, while former Special Olympics boss Mary Davis has lost five points to 4%.

Dana Rosemary Scallon is down three points to 2%.

The poll was taken on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, before a televised debate on RTE.

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