Galway East

Number of seats: 4

Fine Gael should take a second seat here but its strategy in running four candidates is likely to fail. This means that the two outgoing Fianna Fail TDs, Noel Treacy and Joe Callanan, are probably going to be relected, as is Independent Paddy McHugh.

Best candidate: Noel Treacy (FF)

Weakest link: Paddy McHugh (Ind)

In the long grass: Ulick Burke (FG)

Prediction: FF 2; FG 1; Ind 1.