Fianna Fail once again the second most popular party
FIANNA Fail has risen to become the second best supported party in the country for the first time since the general election meltdown.
Ahead of December's savage budget, nearly three out of four voters are already dissatisfied with the performance of the Government, according to a new poll
But the Government parties are individually holding relatively steady following a series of controversies surrounding Health Minister Dr James Reilly.
Fine Gael remain way out ahead of the pack on 31pc, only down by one point over the past five months, with Labour on 12pc, up two points over the same period.
But the big movement has been on the opposition benches where Fianna Fail has performed well since the return of the Dail.
Micheal Martin's party has capitalised at the expense of Sinn Fein, rising four per cent since the last similar poll in May.
Gerry Adams' party dropped four points in the same period to 20pc in the poll by for the Irish Times carried out by Ipsos MRBI.
As a result, Fianna Fail overtook Sinn Fein to move into second place.