Fine Gael’s fortunes rise

The first poll since Ahern’s muting of a May/June 2007 election doesn’t make nice reading for Fianna Fail. The latest Irish Times poll shows a shift in support to Fine Gael’s benefit and combined FG/Labour support enough to make a government possible. The rest of the parties have little or no change. Sinn Fein’s glass ceiling of support remains and Gerry Adams approval ratings still show no signs of recovery to pre-McCartney/Northern Bank highs. Support for independents is sufficient to make the stated goal of some Independent TD’s to endorse candidates and form a grouping in the next Dail credible too.