Sunday 30 April 2017

After the ugliest week in years, FF re-emerges as poster boy

Today's poll makes grim reading for Enda Kenny, but the pseudo opposition will be boosted by their showing

'For Enda Kenny, the news is grim. Fine Gael has dropped four points since the last comparable poll in October. It will provide added impetus for those clamouring for his resignation' Photo: Damien Eagers
'For Enda Kenny, the news is grim. Fine Gael has dropped four points since the last comparable poll in October. It will provide added impetus for those clamouring for his resignation' Photo: Damien Eagers

Paul Moran

The latest Kantar Millward Brown opinion poll, conducted over 10 days up to and including last Thursday, coincided with one of the most dysfunctional weeks in Irish politics in several years.

It captures the public's reaction to an extraordinary seven days, where shifts in the narrative moved at a pace that the Trump administration would be proud of.

For Enda Kenny, the news is grim. Fine Gael has dropped four points since the last comparable poll in October. It will provide added impetus for those clamouring for his resignation. That is a foregone conclusion, but it simply weakens his hand further in terms of leaving office at a time of his suiting. Unless the hawks in his party are magnanimous, he may not reach the milestone of being Fine Gael's longest-serving leader.

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