Friday 21 July 2017

Kenny comes under renewed scrutiny as FG support falls

ine Kerr

ENDA Kenny's leadership was under scrutiny again last night after his party's support fell in the aftermath of the failed heave against him.

The new opinion poll revealed that Fine Gael is still failing to capitalise on the unprecedented levels of dissatisfaction with the Government.

Fine Gael's bid to become the largest party in the next Dail is now under considerable threat.

Labour is mopping up support from disaffected Fianna Fail and Fine Gael supporters and has seen its support explode by 16pc to 35pc.

But Fine Gael has now fallen to 30pc from 34pc in the TV3/Millward Brown Lansdowne poll.

The fall-off in support for Fine Gael comes after the divisive heave in June which split the party into Enda Kenny and Richard Bruton camps.

Since then Mr Kenny has had to fend off claims that a damaged party cannot lead a damaged country.

A spokesman for Mr Kenny said recent months represented a "difficult period" for the party but they would now build on their 30pc support base.

But some TDs were privately fuming about the poll results last night, with some coming to the realisation their seats could be under threat to Labour if the "Gilmore Gale" takes off.

Irish Independent

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