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Latest opinion poll shows boost for Fine Gael - but support for Labour continues to slip

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Some Fine Gael backbenchers last night expressed disappointment that they were not going to the polls sooner, but declined to publicly criticise Mr Kenny’s decision to give into Labour demands for a spring election

Some Fine Gael backbenchers last night expressed disappointment that they were not going to the polls sooner, but declined to publicly criticise Mr Kenny’s decision to give into Labour demands for a spring election

Some Fine Gael backbenchers last night expressed disappointment that they were not going to the polls sooner, but declined to publicly criticise Mr Kenny’s decision to give into Labour demands for a spring election

FINE Gael has received another post budget poll bounce – but the Labour Party’s support continues to slip.

The latest opinion poll on the state of the parties has brought mixed fortunes for the two coalition partners.

Fine Gael’s support has increased by two points to 26pc, according to the Behaviour & Attitudes poll, published in the Sunday Times. But the poll will make tough reading for Tánaiste Joan Burton as it shows Labour’s support down one to 7pc.

Meanwhile, the two main opposition have also seen its support rise.

The poll shows Sinn Fein's support is at 21pc, while Fianna Fail is at 20pc.

But overall, the Independents have seen their support fall three points to 26pc.

Within this group, the newly formed alliance involving People Before Profit and the Anti Austerity Alliance is on 9pc, an increase of two points.

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