The latest poll shows that the Fine Gael political party is recovering. Sinn Fein and Fine Gael are now head to head as both parties garnered 24 percent of the vote.

The survey asked members of the Irish public who they would vote for if a general election was held tomorrow.

Sinn Fein’s popularity increased by two points despite the controversy over sex abuse crises within the republican movement.

The Ipsos MRBI survey showed that support for Fine Gael is up by 5 points, from the last poll in December 2014, while support for Kenny is up by 9 points to 28 percent.

Behind Fine Gael and Sinn Fein, the Labour Party received 7 percent, while Fianna Fail suffered a four point drop to 17 percent. Independents also suffered a drop of four points, receiving 28 percent.

The 1,200 members of the public were also asked if they would be less or more likely to vote for Sinn Fein following the news of the party’s handling of the Paudie McGahon sexual abuse claims. Three percent said they were more likely to vote for Sinn Fein, 36 said less likely and 53 percent said it would make no difference to their decision.

Sinn Fein’s support in Dublin has dropped but has risen in Connacht-Ulster, according to the survey while satisfaction in the party’s leader Gerry Adams goes unchanged at 26 percent.

Source: Ipsos MRBI / Irish Times.

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