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Monday 18 December 2017

Support for Government parties rises

Enda Kenny
Enda Kenny

PUBLIC support for the Government is continuing to rise, a new opinion poll has shown.

Fine Gael and the Labour Party made significant gains, and satisfaction with Taoiseach Enda Kenny also increased.

Fine Gael is up five points to 24pc and Labour is up one point to 7pc.

The coalition parties both recorded increases in support in Dublin where they struggled to gain votes in previous surveys.

Tanaiste Joan Burton is the country's most popular party leader, up six points to 31pc. She is followed by Mr Kenny who is up nine points to 28pc.

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Support for Sinn Fein is also up two points, to 24pc, despite allegations about the party's knowledge of child sex abuse attacks by members of the republican movement.

However, more than a third of those polled said they were less likely to vote for Sinn Fein following revelations of the party's handling of Paudie McGahon's sex abuse allegations.

Only 3pc of those polled said they would be more likely to vote for Sinn Fein on the back of the recent child sex abuse controversy. This rose to 11pc among party supporters.

The poll will be of serious concern for Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin, whose party plummeted four points to 17pc.

Satisfaction with Mr Martin as party leader is also down one point, to 24pc, and his rating is lower than Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, whose rating is unchanged at 26pc.

There is still huge support for Independents at 28pc, but this is down four points since the last survey.

In Dublin, support for Independents/others - which includes the Green Party and other smaller parties - jumps to a massive 35pc.

Support for independents and smaller parties in general across the country has dropped by four points since the last poll, but is still at 28pc.

A total of 21pc of this figure say they will vote Independent, 3pc will vote for the Greens and 4pc for other smaller parties.

Dublin support for the Labour Party is three points above the national average of 7pc, which will come as good news to Ms Burton, but this is still some way off the 19pc of the vote the party secured at the last general election.

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Sinn Fein's popularity in the capital has dropped slightly, but it still commands the majority of the vote in the lower social class categories.

Support for Fianna Fail in Dublin, at 13pc, is four points lower than its national rating.

Mr Martin's party has struggled to make gains on its general election result (17pc) despite being in opposition.

The Irish Times poll of 1,200 potential voters was carried out on Monday and Tuesday.

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