Fianna Fáil flounders as Labour enjoys bounce
Fianna Fáil's support in the opinion polls has remained stagnant in what will prove deeply disappointing for party leader Micheál Martin.
The latest Sunday Independent/Millward Brown poll shows the party's support unchanged on 19pc. The poll rating is generally consistent with other opinion polls and illustrates the party's struggle to make ground with voters.
Meanwhile, the poll shows a 2pc drop in support for Sinn Féin and suggests Gerry Adams's party has lost support over the recent IRA sex abuse revelations.
Fine Gael remains the country's most popular party on 25pc, while Labour has seen a welcome 2pc bounce in support.
Speaking about the poll in Dublin yesterday, Tánaiste and Labour Party leader Joan Burton said the party had a "long way" to go.
"But I am confident that the Labour Party, with a very clear programme for people, will attract a very significant amount of support in the forthcoming general election," she said.
"I think this is probably the fourth or fifth poll where the trend has been positive and with polls that is significant, but we have a lot of work to do," she added.
Ms Burton refused to say, however, whether she believed an early election would be called in order to ensure it does not clash with next year's centenary celebrations. Sinn Féin believes it would prove a distraction if the election coincided with the 1916 commemorations next April.
Meanwhile, the poll shows Lucinda Creighton's Renua Party on 2pc, the same score as the Socialist Party.
The Independents are on 16pc.
The poll suggests the level of dissatisfaction with the Government as a whole has increased as voters demand USC cuts.