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Sinn Fein opens up 10-point lead in latest Irish opinion poll

SINN FEIN opened up a 10-point lead over its nearest political rivals and remains the most popular party in Ireland, a new opinion poll has reported.

The party polled at 32 per cent, up one point. Fianna Fail was unchanged on 20 per cent while Fine Gael fell by five points to 22 per cent.

It is the best-ever showing for the republican party whose leader Mary Lou McDonald saw her approval rating rise from 42 per cent to 43 per cent, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos poll.

This puts the Sinn Fein president level with Tanaiste Leo Varadkar, whose satisfaction rating plummeted 13 points. 

Taoiseach Michael Martin saw his personal rating drop eight points to 41 per cent.

The sharp drop in support for both Fine Gael and its leader Mr Varadkar see the party fall to its lowest level of support since the last general election.

The governing party came under fire over its appointment of former minister Kathrine Zappone as special envoy which led to a motion of no-confidence in foreign affairs minister Simon Coveney.

Sinn Fein hailed “a revolution in the ballot box” after it won 37 seats in the Dail in the February 2020 election, despite not fielding a full slate of candidates.

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