The coalition parties in Government have received a significant rise in support in the latest opinion poll carried out by Red C..
Fine Gael and Labour are both up three points, in spite of all business being stalled as the junior coalition party elects a new leader.
Fine Gael has come up to 25pc, while Labour is up to 7pc, their up-swing coming at the expense of the Independents.
Independents and smaller "fringe" parties are down by six points in the poll carried out for the Sunday Business Post.
Sinn Fein is on 22pc, while Fianna Fail on 18pc, with both opposition parties unchanged. Raising the question, once the local elections are over, will people start to look away from the rad's on either side of centre and back toward supporting the coalition and their program for government? Have the electorate gotten their venom out of their system? It really is hard to know. I am always sceptical of these polls post election. These figures are compared to a previous poll from a fortnight ago, which was carried out at the time by Red C for Paddy Power.
The past fortnight has seen the back-down by government on the medical cards issue and continued speculation about the Cabinet reshuffle, which in my opinion could likely land the coalition in more hot water should Miss Burton have much influence. To that point, Social Protection Minister Joan Burton is expected to become Labour leader and Tanaiste next week. The reshuffle is expected the following week and will likely leave us with a luke-warm reinvention of the old guard all over again.
Is it me, or is Irish politics long over-due for real fresh blood? Young and vibrant candidates that have not been indoctrinated by the party system who will really make an effort to enact real and substantial change!
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