February 10, 2020 / 8:39 AM / in 12 days

Irish banks slump after Sinn Fein's strong election show

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald awaits the announcement of voting results in a count centre, during Ireland's national election, in Dublin, Ireland, February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble

LONDON (Reuters) - Ireland's main index .ISEQ fell as much as 1.2% on Monday morning dragged down by banks after Irish nationalists Sinn Fein secured almost a quarter of first-preference votes in a general election.

Bank of Ireland (BIRG.I) and AIB Group (AIBG.I) were among the top fallers in Ireland, sliding about 5% and 3%, respectively in morning trading.

“It will take a few days to finish counting the results but longer to negotiate a new government,” KBW analyst Daragh Quinn said.

“That uncertainty coupled with the potential for a more radical/populist party to enter government will likely weigh on Irish bank performance”, he wrote in a note.

The left-wing party was ahead of the centre-right Fianna Fail and the Fine Gael party of Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at in an election analysts described as a seismic shift away from Ireland’s century-old, centre-right duopoly.

(This story has been refiled to add dropped word and fixes typographical error in paragraph 1)

Reporting by Thyagaraju Adinarayan, edited by Julien Ponthus

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