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Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Even though the Dail is now in recess, and many of our parliamentarians are on their summer break, there has still been plenty of activity to focus the minds of both the Government and the Opposition politicians recently. This latest Millward Brown opinion poll, conducted over an 11-day period up until Thursday, coincided with the on-going Banking Inquiry and the Eurostat judgment on Irish Water.

Our more recent tracking polls had suggested that Fine Gael was beginning to pull away from the chasing pack, opening up a gap from its rivals. However, this July poll suggests that that momentum has come to a shuddering halt. The senior Government party has shed five points in this latest snapshot, and now stands at 24pc; its lowest rating seen this year. It would seem that the Eurostat judgment in particular has taken the wind out of FG's sails. Following on from a disastrous 2014, where there was a cacophony of errors (take your pick from Shatter, Callinan, Irish Water or McNulty), FG had seemed to have steadied its ship.


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