Wednesday 26 November 2014

FF poll performance very disappointing – O Cuiv

Niall O'Connor, Political Correspondent

Published 31/03/2014 | 02:30

Eamon Ó Cuiv.Fianna Fail deputy for Galway West   at Leinster House  yesterday. pic Tom Burke 25/3/14
Eamon Ó Cuiv, TD

A senior Fianna Fail politician has described his party's stagnate performance in the opinion polls as "very disappointing".

Galway West TD Eamon O Cuiv has said he believes Fianna Fail is not focusing enough on the "concerns of ordinary people" and on the devising of party policy.

Mr O Cuiv was responding to the findings of the latest Red C opinion poll, which was carried out at the height of the crisis that has engulfed Alan Shatter.

The poll reveals that Sinn Fein has gained traction from the Government's disastrous handling of the garda controversies, while Fianna Fail has seen its rating remain stagnant at 22pc.

While the poll showed drops in support for Fine Gael and Labour, FF TDs are now aghast at why their party is not experiencing a bounce in support.

Yesterday, Mr O Cuiv said he believed Fianna Fail may be focusing too much on the garda controversies instead of issues such as mortgage arrears and the jobs crisis. His remarks will heap further pressure on party leader Micheal Martin ahead of May's EU and local elections.

GRIM

The result will prove particularly worrying for Mr Martin, as the public was surveyed just days after he delivered his keynote speech at the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis in Killarney.

"We're certainly not in terminal decline," Mr O Cuiv told 'The Sunday Show' on Newstalk.

"We obviously have a lot of work to do to regain the position Fianna Fail enjoyed in Irish political life."

The opinion poll, published in 'The Sunday Business Post', makes for grim reading for the Coalition. The findings show that the Government is now experiencing its worst poll rating since it entered office in February 2011.

Fine Gael has dropped three points to 26pc, while Labour has seen its support fall two points to 9pc.

Labour and Fine Gael councillors are reporting a backlash on the doorsteps over the crisis that has engulfed Mr Shatter.

One Labour minister conceded that "panic is seeping into the ranks" as councillors in particular fear for their seats.

Meanwhile, Sinn Fein has seen its support rise five points to 21pc, leaving Gerry Adams's party sitting just one point behind Fianna Fail.

Irish Independent

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