Tuesday 27 September 2016

Smiles all round: Huge boost for government parties in latest opinion poll

Daniel McConnell Group Political Correspondent

Published 12/09/2015 | 18:13

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton’s chances of re-election have received a massive boost as the Coalition has seen a five-point bounce in its support, according to a new nationwide opinion poll.

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The Government parties of Fine Gael and Labour will be delighted with the marked increase in their popular support.

Fine Gael, despite the recent controversy around the Fennelly Commission report, has seen its support increase by 3 points and the party is now on 28pc.

Ahead of its annual think-in in Wicklow, Joan Burton’s Labour Party is back into double digits after getting a two-point bounce which sees them on 10pc.

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After several turbulent years, with the Coalition on 38pc collectively, they are within touching distance of where they would need to be to ensure being returned to power.

Fianna Fail, led by Micheal Martin, are once more becalmed on 18pc which means they are unchanged, but both Sinn Fein and the Independents/Others are down.

Sinn Fein, led by President Gerry Adams, has seen a two-point fall in its support and the party is now down to 16pc, their lowest level this year.

The Independents and Others have fallen back by 3 points and are now on 28pc. The findings are revealed in the latest Red C poll for the Sunday Business Post.

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