Ruling Fine Gael resurges in polls
Support for Ireland’s governing Fine Gael party surged in a poll on Saturday as it overtook its nearest rivals and amassed an eight percentage point lead days before electing a new leader and prime minister.
Fine Gael support increased to 29 percent from 24 percent a month ago in the Sunday Business Post/Red C poll, while fellow center-right party Fianna Fail fell seven points to 21 percent. The left-wing Sinn Fein, the country’s third biggest party, also saw its support slip to 15 percent from 18 percent.
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