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Saturday 10 December 2016

'Lucinda was quite right to quit Fine Gael', say constituents

Lucinda Creighton
Lucinda Creighton

Almost half of Lucinda Creighton's constituents believe she was right to quit Fine Gael.

The Renua Ireland leader sacrificed her junior ministry and a potential promotion to the Cabinet when she voted against changes to the abortion laws in July 2013.

The Dublin Bay South TD's career was very much on the rise after a successful stint as Minister for State for European Affairs.

However, she said she could not vote with the Government on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.

She continued as an Independent TD before setting up Renua Ireland early last year.

Forty-six per cent of her constituents have now told a Millward Brown poll for the Herald that she was correct in her stance, 29pc said she made the wrong decision and 24pc said they didn't know.

Asked if they were satisfied with her performance as leader of Renua, 35pc said they were while 42pc said no.

Satisfaction was highest among pensioners and, unsurprisingly, supporters of Renua.

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Dissatisfaction was highest among supporters of Labour and Sinn Fein.

Other party leaders received similar ratings with the exception of Gerry Adams, who scored 23pc.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has a satisfaction rating of 37pc in the constituency, Fianna Fail's Micheal Martin is on 38pc and Labour Party leader Joan Burton is on 34pc.

Dublin Bay South's current TDs are all members of the Coalition, and satisfaction with the Government is 41pc. The Coalition is most popular among older people.

Almost one in four voters (24pc) said the state of the health service would be their number one consideration when they go to vote on February 26.

Twenty-one per cent said the management of the economy was their key issue, followed by 16pc who cited the homeless situation and lack of local authority housing as a topic that would determine the direction of their vote.

Forty-one per cent said they trusted Fine Gael most when it came to the economy compared with 6pc for their coalition partners.

Only 12pc said they most trusted Sinn Fein or Fianna Fail.

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