Sinn Féin seem to have ridden out the storm over the McCartney murder and the Northern job in the Irish Republic with the party’s support up two points to 11% in the latest (subs needed) opinion poll commissioned by the Irish Times.
Personal satisfaction with party leader Gerry Adams is also on the rise, up eight points to 38%. The poll also shows a big swing in support away from the Government towards the alternative Rainbow coalition.
In the TMS-MRBI survey, support for Fianna Fáil is now at 32%, down six percentage points.
Fine Gael support at 25%, is at its highest for five years while Labour is up two points at 14%. The PDs are at 4%, up one, while the Greens are unchanged at 4%.
Personal support for Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is 54%, down four points while PD leader Mary Harney’s rating is down six to 41%.
Strangely, considering his party’s rise, FG leader Enda Kenny’s rating is down four to 41% while Labour leader Pat Rabbitte is at 48%, up three.