RTÉ2 has seen its best audience share in the last 3 years, it last hit double digits during the world cup 2018. The channel had 11.85% share of the audience in June 2021, this was helped by the Euros 2020. In 2016 the games were split between RTÉ and TV3. The most watch programme was England V Scotland on June 18th with 547,700 viewers. Virgin Media one\'s Love Island\'s had 277,000 on June 30th. In June 2016 RTÉ2 had an audience share of 11.67%, while TV3 (now Virgin Media one) had 9.23%. RTÉ2 will hope to retain its June\'s audience share with continued coverage of the Euros, GAA championships and the Olympic Games in July. Overall RTÉ held 30% of the audience, while Virgin Media Television had 17%.
Ivana Bacik has become The Labour Party\'s 7th sitting member of the Dail, having been elected to the Dail tonight (09/07/2021) in a By Election in Dublin Bay South. She top the poll of 1st preference votes with 30% support, far exceeding her party\'s performance in recent polls which put them between 3% and 6% support. Government party Fine Gael were in second place with 26% support, while opposition party Sinn Fein had just 16% of the vote. While The Green Party lost its footing in this constituency it still did far better than the Fianna Fail party, which only managed a 5% of the vote. Trinity College Dublin will now have a by-election to vote in a new member of the Seanad.
Fine Gael is now just one point a head of Sinn Fein. Fine Gael are on 30% support according the the latest Red C poll for The Sunday Business Post. Sinn Fein are on 29%. Fianna Fail have yet to make any gains with 13%. The Green Party are on 5%. All other parties are on 12%, while independents are on 11%.
Sinn Fein are 8 points ahead of their nearest rival Fine Gael. The poll was carried out by Ireland Thinks for The Irish Daily Mail on Sunday, the poll was taken on Saturday the 19th of June, 2021. Other parties are on 19%, followed by Fianna Fáil on 15% and then Independents on 8%.
The week-ending the 22nd of June saw a total of 3,405 new COVID-19 cases across the Island of Ireland. The HSE and the Department of health announced 2,257 cases. In Northern Ireland 1,148 cases were reported. In total there have been 395,405 COVID cases since the pandemic began in 2020.
SF remains 4 points ahead of FG in the latest Irish Time MRBI poll. The poll was taken on Monday 14th June, 2021 and Tuesday 15th of June, 2021. Fianna Fail were up 6 points since the last poll to 20% while the Green Party had a 6% share of the vote. All other parties had 8%, as did independents.