‘We’ll end up like Greece if SF, motley crew take power’
Bruton warns of economic risks but new poll hits FG
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton has dramatically warned voters of the damage to jobs if a "motley crew" of parties and Independents is elected to power.
Mr Bruton says pensions, interest rates and economic growth will all be put at risk if Sinn Féin and the Independents are elected.
"The choice is Ireland's way or Greece's way," he told the Irish Independent.
"It's a recipe for disaster. Not a disaster we have to struggle to visualise, a disaster that has already been visited on the workers and families of Greece."
And the business body Ibec says a lurch to Sinn Féin and other radical left parties will diminish Ireland's competitiveness and risk foreign investment.
However, a new poll shows a further drop in support for Fine Gael, now down two points to 26pc.
Fianna Fáil is up one on 19pc, Sinn Féin is down three on 17pc, and the Labour Party is up one on 9pc.
Small parties and Independents gained ground at 29pc, up three. Independents are on 18pc, the Green Party on 4pc, Social Democrats on 3pc, Renua on 2pc and the AAA-PBP on 2pc. Undecided voters account for 9pc. The Red C poll for 'The Irish Sun' was taken just before the leaders' debate on Monday.