Saturday 20 January 2018

Daniel McConnell: Gilmore now staring into the abyss

The slump in support for Labour threatens the stability of the entire Coalition

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore. Photo: Steve Humphreys

AFTER more than two months of continuing controversy surrounding Justice Minister Alan Shatter, Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be delighted that his party remains the most popular in the country.

In today's Sunday Independent/Millward Brown poll, not only have Fine Gael's numbers held up, they have actually risen by two per cent to 29 per cent, showing it to be remarkably immune to the dark clouds hovering over Mr Shatter.

More specifically, Fine Gael is at 36 per cent in Dublin, miles ahead of the rest of the pack, but it is at just 17 per cent in the rest of Leinster. It is clear middle Ireland believes the slow, steady progress on the economy, as advocated by Finance Minister Michael Noonan, is the best course of action. Once again, "it's the economy stupid" and nothing else matters.

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