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Revealed: Taoiseach’s plan to return Coalition to power takes major hammering

Latest opinion poll shows Government partners are haemorrhaging votes

Published 13/02/2016 | 18:00

An impromptu hug on the campaign trail. Photo: Mark Condren.
An impromptu hug on the campaign trail. Photo: Mark Condren.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s plan to return the Coalition to power has taken a major hammering this weekend as the latest opinion poll shows the Government partners are haemorrhaging voters.

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Mr Kenny’s Fine Gael is down three points to 28pc, while Tanaiste Burton’s Labour Party has dropped two to just 8pc in the latest opinion poll.

The Coalition now has a combined vote of 36pc which will give them nowhere near enough seats to form a government if the elections was held today.

Sinn Fein made gains in the poll and is up three points to 20pc. Gerry Adams’s party is now two points clear of Fianna Fail which is up one to 18pc, in the Red C/Sunday Business Post poll.

Independents/Others are also up one point and now hold 26pc of the vote as the election enters its final stages.

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