DUBLIN – Republican Sinn Féin rise in polls

Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil are leading the polls with 24% each in the run-up to this week’s general election, a new opinion poll over the weekend reveals. Leader of the republican Sinn Féin party, Mary Lou McDonald, welcomed the recent results, saying that it “reflects the energy and momentum for Sinn Féin and for change.”

The Business Post/Red C survey of 1,000 voters has Leo Varadkar’s Fine Gael in third place with 21%, following a seven-point drop in a previous poll.

Varadkar concedes that his party are struggling at the moment, but also said that he is confident that things will improve for his party. It’s looking like a very tight election,” he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show yesterday. 

“We’re a bit behind, but everything is within the margin of error of 3%, so this election is all to play for.”

“One thing that won’t happen, you won’t see a coalition involving my party and Sinn Féin. That’s just not going to happen,” he added. (Samuel Stolton | EURACTIV.com)

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