Thursday 18 January 2018

Fine Gael poll boost before vote

Dáil Éireann. Stock picture
Dáil Éireann. Stock picture
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Fine Gael has received a poll boost as the party prepares to vote for its new party leader.

At the height of the internal election campaign, Fine Gael has soared five points in the latest opinion poll and is now a massive eight points ahead of Fianna Fail.

Fine Gael is at 29pc while Micheal Martin's party is at 21pc.

The poll is sure to cause Mr Martin serious concern as he weighs up his options ahead of the appointment of a new Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach.

The Independent Alliance, which is in Government with Fine Gael, has increased its support by one point to 3pc.

Sinn Fein dropped three points and Gerry Adams's party is now at 15pc.

The Labour Party is unchanged at 6pc; the Social Democrats are also unchanged at 4pc; and Solidarity-People Before Profit is down one to 3pc. The Green Party is unchanged at 3pc and Renua is at 1pc. Independents are up four points to 14pc.

The Sunday Business Post/Red C opinion poll comes as Fine Gael decides whether Simon Coveney or Leo Varadkar will lead the party into the next general election.

Another poll published last week showed Mr Coveney was narrowly more popular with the public and Fine Gael members than his rival Mr Varadkar.

However, Mr Varadkar has shored up far more support among the parliamentary party and local councillors than Mr Coveney.

Fine Gael parliamentary party endorsements for leader

The Fine Gael parliamentary party makes up 65pc of the total electorate.

That makes each of the 73 members' votes worth 0.9pc of the total ballot.

Of the remaining electorate, 230 party councillors account for 10pc, while the remaining 25pc is rank and file members.

Leo Varadkar
Simon Coveney

Total: 45

Total: 19

Ministers: 17

Ministers: 5

TDs: 16

TDs: 5

Senators: 11

Senators: 8

MEPs: 1

MEPs: 1

Richard Bruton -MinisterSimon Harris - Minister
Frances Fitzgerald - MinisterDamien English - Minister
Michael Ring - MinisterDara Murphy - Minister
Eoghan Murphy - MinisterDavid Stanton - Minister
Sean Kyne - MinisterMarcella Corcoran Kennedy - Minister
Joe McHugh - MinisterKate O'Connell - TD
Helen McEntee - MinisterMaria Bailey - TD
Charlie Flanagan - MinisterSean Barrett TD
Paul Kehoe -MinisterHildegard Naughton - TD
Patrick O'Donovan - MinisterPeter Fitzpatrick - TD
Regina Doherty - MinisterTim Lombard - Senator
Mary Mitchell O'Connor - MinisterJerry Buttimer - Senator
Paschal Donohoe - MinisterPaudie Coffey - Senator
Heather Humphreys - MinisterJames Reilly - Senator
Pat Breen - MinisterColm Burke - Senator
Catherine Byrne - MinisterJohn O'Mahony - Senator
Andrew Doyle - MinisterPaul Coghlan - Senator
John Paul Phelan - TDGabrielle McFadden - Senator
Noel Rock - TDDeirdre Clune - MEP
Tony McLoughlin - TD 
Alan Farrell - TD 
Michael D'Arcy - TD 
Tom Neville - TD 
Josepha Madigan - TD 
Pat Deering - TD 
Jim Daly - TD 
Brendan Griffin - TD 
Ciaran Cannon - TD 
Colm Brophy - TD 
Peter Burke - TD 
Fergus O'Dowd - TD 
John Deasy - TD 
Joe Carey - TD 
Neale Richmond - Senator 
Catherine Noone - Senator 
Paddy Burke - Senator 
Martin Conway - Senator 
Michelle Mulherin - Senator 
Maura Hopkins - Senator 
Ray Butler - Senator 
Frank Feighan - Senator 
Maria Byrne - Senator 
Joe O'Reilly - Senator 
Kieran O'Donnell - Senator 
Brian Hayes - MEP 
Undeclared
Enda Kenny - Outgoing Party Leader *Martin Heydon - Party Chairman *
Michael Noonan - MinisterMichael Creed - Minister
Bernard Durkan - TDSean Kelly - MEP
Mairead McGuinness MEP  

* Outgoing leader Enda Kenny and party chairman Martin Heydon will not make an endorsement

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