Fine Gael poll boost before vote
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.
|Richard Bruton -Minister||Simon Harris - Minister|
|Frances Fitzgerald - Minister||Damien English - Minister|
|Michael Ring - Minister||Dara Murphy - Minister|
|Eoghan Murphy - Minister||David Stanton - Minister|
|Sean Kyne - Minister||Marcella Corcoran Kennedy - Minister|
|Joe McHugh - Minister||Kate O'Connell - TD|
|Helen McEntee - Minister||Maria Bailey - TD|
|Charlie Flanagan - Minister||Sean Barrett TD|
|Paul Kehoe -Minister||Hildegard Naughton - TD|
|Patrick O'Donovan - Minister||Peter Fitzpatrick - TD|
|Regina Doherty - Minister||Tim Lombard - Senator|
|Mary Mitchell O'Connor - Minister||Jerry Buttimer - Senator|
|Paschal Donohoe - Minister||Paudie Coffey - Senator|
|Heather Humphreys - Minister||James Reilly - Senator|
|Pat Breen - Minister||Colm Burke - Senator|
|Catherine Byrne - Minister||John O'Mahony - Senator|
|Andrew Doyle - Minister||Paul Coghlan - Senator|
|John Paul Phelan - TD||Gabrielle McFadden - Senator|
|Noel Rock - TD||Deirdre 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|
|Enda Kenny - Outgoing Party Leader *||Martin Heydon - Party Chairman *|
|Michael Noonan - Minister||Michael Creed - Minister|
|Bernard Durkan - TD||Sean Kelly - MEP|
|Mairead McGuinness MEP|
* Outgoing leader Enda Kenny and party chairman Martin Heydon will not make an endorsement
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