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Support for Fianna Fáil slips following Dáil voting controversy

The poll, published this morning, shows that Fine Gael is the most popular party at 32%, giving it an eight-point lead over Fianna Fáil, which has fallen four points to 24%. Support for Sinn Féin also dropped by one point to 11%, while Labour also fell two points to 4%. The Green Party, which saw a surge in popularity during the European and local elections this year, remains unchanged at 7%. Meanwhile, the Independent Alliance is up to one point to 4%, while the Social Democrats are also up one to 2%. Independents and others are unchanged at 13%, as are Solidarity-PBP at 1%. The controversy first emerged when Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins voted six times for colleague Timmy Dooley while he was absent from the chamber during Dáil votes last Thursday.

Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil reported eight cases

The poll, published this morning, shows that Fine Gael is the most popular party at 32%, giving it an eight-point lead over Fianna Fáil, which has fallen four points to 24%. Support for Sinn Féin also dropped by one point to 11%, while Labour also fell two points to 4%. The Green Party, which saw a surge in popularity during the European and local elections this year, remains unchanged at 7%. Meanwhile, the Independent Alliance is up to one point to 4%, while the Social Democrats are also up one to 2%. Independents and others are unchanged at 13%, as are Solidarity-PBP at 1%. The controversy first emerged when Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins voted six times for colleague Timmy Dooley while he was absent from the chamber during Dáil votes last Thursday.
The poll, published this morning, shows that Fine Gael is the most popular party at 32%, giving it an eight-point lead over Fianna Fáil, which has fallen four points to 24%. Support for Sinn Féin also dropped by one point to 11%, while Labour also fell two points to 4%. The Green Party, which saw a surge in popularity during the European and local elections this year, remains unchanged at 7%. Meanwhile, the Independent Alliance is up one point to 4%, while the Social Democrats are also up one to 2%. Independents and others are unchanged at 13%, as are Solidarity-PBP at 1%. The controversy first emerged when Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins voted six times for colleague Timmy Dooley while he was absent from the chamber during Dáil votes last Thursday.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin told a private meeting

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin told a private meeting of his frontbenchers on Tuesday that he was “disappointed” by the revelations: “He basically said it was sloppy and we need to sharpen up,” said one. Another TD present said Mr Martin had been very critical about the conduct of individuals: “It was a short contribution, but he was very strong. He was conveying that this was most certainly a setback. “There is a feeling in the party that we had finally moved away from legacy issues and we had taken a lot of criticism on the chin, and then this happens. A lot of work has been put in. Everyone is frustrated,” said another source.