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Support for Fine Gael is dropping like a stone, they're down 4% in the last month

Sinn Féin is the only party to record a rise in support.

SUPPORT FOR FINE Gael has fallen by 4% in the last month according a new Sunday Business Post/Red C opinion poll.

The main Government party sits on 22%, level with Sinn Féin whose support has grown by 2% since the last poll.

Both Fianna Fáil and Labour have seen their support remain unchanged, at 18% and 8% respectively.

Independents/Others have increased their following by 1% and are now the largest single block at 27%.

CEO of RED C Research Richard Colwell said that the 27% is made up of 24% support for Independents and 1% each for the Socialist Party, the Anti-Austerity Alliance and People Before Profit.

The research was carried out between Monday and Wednesday of this week and asked 1,000 people who they would vote for in a general election.

The poll comes following a tumultuous political month that has seen the Government completely overhaul their water charge policy in the face of public resistance to their plans.

Sinn Féin were also criticised from all sections of the Leinster House following allegations from Mairia Cahill about how the party dealt with sexual abuse within the Republican movement.

Read: Despite the Mairia Cahill controversy, Sinn Féin are the most popular party in Ireland >

Read: Neck and neck: Sinn Féin and Fine Gael are level in latest opinion poll >

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