Sunday 17 December 2017

FF gain, Labour pain

Fianna Fail on the way back? Up six points in the Behaviour and Attitudes opinion poll, and mostly at the expense of Sinn Fein, the party that has nipped at its "republican" heels for so long?

Micheal Martin will not indulge in over-enthusiasm. He may be the highest-rated party leader at 42pc, but he and his party are still far below the ratings of their glory days. In all probability, they will never reach their former levels again.

But the fact of modest recovery is undeniable, and the opportunities to improve on a support rating of only 22pc are abundant.

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