BOTH GOVERNMENT PARTIES have seen their support fall in the latest opinion poll which also shows support for Sinn Féin increasing.
Fine Gael fell three points to 26 per cent, while Labour fell by two points to bring the party back under 10 per cent yet again.
Support for Sinn Féin increased by five points to bring it to 21 per cent according to the results of the Sunday Business Post/Red C survey. The party is one point behind Fianna Fáil, which saw no change at 22 per cent, the same standing as when the poll was carried out last month.
Support for Independent/Other candidates also remained constant at 22 per cent.
The poll was taken at the start of this week as Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan announced his retirement and pressure mounted on Minister for Justice Alan Shatter over his handling of the Garda crisis.
The full results of the poll will be published in the newspaper tomorrow.
- Fine Gael: 26 (-3)
- Fianna Fáil: 22 (-)
- Sinn Féin: 21 (+ 5)
- Labour: 9 (-2)
- Independents/others 22 (-)
Originally published 5.48pm