Sinn Fein

  • Sinn Fein's popularity has plummeted by five points according to a new opinion poll.

    It now leaves them 18 per cent behind leaders Fine Gael.

    After a promising surge in last month's poll, things seem to have changed dramatically for Sinn Fein.

    The latest Red C opinion poll for the Sunday Business Post has them at 13 per cent - a decrease of five points.

    It comes a fortnight after party leader Mary Lou McDonald posed behind a controversial banner reading "England get out of Ireland" at the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York.

    Meanwhile, support for Fine Gael is unchanged at 31 per cent, while Fianna Fáil are on 25, up one point.

    The Social Democrats, the Independent Alliance and the Green Party all sit on 3 per cent, with Solidarity-People Before Profit on two.

    The Independents and Labour are unchanged on 15 and 5 per cent respectively, while Renua and Peadar Tóibín's new party Aontú are on less than 1 per cent.

     

  • Sinn Fein's Justice spokesperson says he'd work with Drew Harris if he was appointed to cabinet, despite the Garda Commissioner agreeing with a PSNI report linking Sinn Fein to the IRA.

    The 2015 report said the Provisional Army Council oversaw the IRA and Sinn Fein - which Drew Harris says is a view he agrees with.

    The Garda Commissioner continued to say he is a public servant and would work with whatever Government is formed.

    Sligo TD, Sinn Fein's Martin Kenny says he would get on with the work.

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    Sinn Fein is continuing to struggle after a poor Presidential election campaign.

    The latest Red C survey for the Sunday Business Post shows the party's down 2 per cent to 13 points.

    Fine Gael still leads the way in the popularity stakes on 34 per cent - up one.

    Fianna Fáil's also gained support, Labour's risen one to 6 per cent, with the Independent Alliance also up one to 5.

  • Leo Varadkar will face a no confidence motion in the Dáil next week.

    Sinn Féin has called for the vote, saying they don't believe the Tánaiste has given a credible account of why he shared a confidential doctors' contract with a friend.

    Most around Leinster House expected the controversy had run out of steam - but today Sinn Féin announced a motion of no confidence in the Tánaiste, to be debated next week.

    Meanwhile, a Sligo Fianna Fail backbench TD's re-iterated his criticism of his party leader's approach to the document leaking controversy.

    Speaking earlier, Deputy Marc MacSharry says Michael Martin's attitude has damaged the party.