• The latest political opinion poll has seen a sharp rise in support for Sinn Féin.

    Fine Gael's support has fallen significantly, while Fianna Fáil looks set to be the largest party in the next Dáil.

    This poll shows just 4 per cent separating the top three parties contesting this election.

    The Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll has Fianna Fáil unchanged as the largest party on 25% support.

    Fine Gael drop 6 points to 23 per cent

    While Sinn Féin is up 7 to 21% support - boosting Mary Lou McDonald's calls to be included in tomorrow night's leaders' TV debate.

    The Green Party has 8 per cent support with Labour on 5.

    The Social Democrats and Solidarity/People Before Profit have 2 per cent a piece.

    Independents and others hold 14 per cent in this poll of 1,200 adults which was carried out across every constituency last Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

    The margin of error is 2.8 per cent.

    Both Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin have seen their personal satisfaction ratings fall since the last poll in October - the Taoiseach's dropping 16 per cent.

    While Mary Lou McDonald sees her satisfaction rating  rise to 34% - just a point behind Varadkar at 35%.



  • Nearly half of the country’s population is in favour of repealing the 8th amendment.

    A new polll shows 47 per cent are planning to vote yes in next month’s referendum, 28 per cent say they'll vote no and 20 per cent say they aren't sure.

    The Ipsos/MRBI research for the Irish Times surveyed 12-hundred adults on Monday and Tuesday this week.

    Meanwhile, a conference on protecting the 8th amendment will take place in Castlebar on Sunday.

    The Fianna Fail deputy leader Dara Calleary, Sinn Fein TD Peader Tobin, businessman Declan Ganley, former Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames, Michael Farrington of Renua in Mayo, GP Dr Anthony O’Reilly and Niamh Uí Bhriain of the Life Institute will address the comference, which takes place in the TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar starting at 6pm on Sunday evening.