FIANNA Fáil has received an opinion poll boost as the countdown to the next general election begins.
Micheál Martin’s party has surged four points to 21pc in the latest poll despite the fallout from the shock resignation of Senator Averil Power.
Ms Power quit Fianna Fail claiming the party failed to campaign for a Yes vote in the marriage equality referendum.
However, this is the highest rating recorded by Fianna Fail in this poll for more than year and will come as welcome news to Mr Martin whose leadership of the party has faced criticism.
The Sunday Times/Behaviour & Attitudes survey is bad news for Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Fine Gael support dropping three points to 24pc. But Fine Gael is still the most popular party in the country.
The Labour Party’s support increased slightly to 9pc (+1).
However, the combined figures of the Coalition partners would not result in enough seats in a general election to return them to power.
Sinn Fein’s support has dropped a point to 19pc and Independents/others are unchanged at 26pc.
The Green Party is down one point to 2pc.