Kenny: No complacency despite 38% support in new poll

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has said his party will not be distracted by the findings of a new opinion poll in which Fine Gael has almost twice the support of its nearest rival.

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has said his party will not be distracted by the findings of a new opinion poll in which Fine Gael has almost twice the support of its nearest rival.

The Red C survey in the Sunday Business Post raises the prospect of an overall majority for Enda Kenny's party following the General Election.

Support for Labour, Fianna Fáil and Sinn Fein has all dropped, but there have been slight rises for the Green Party and Independents.

In today's Red C poll commissioned by the Sunday Business Post, Fine Gael stands on 38%, a rise of three percentage points since last Sunday despite the controversy over the party leader Enda Kenny's decision not to take part in the first of the leaders debates.

Labour is down two points to 20%. Support for Fianna Fáil has also dropped, down two points to 15%, with Sinn Féin down three to 10% and the Green Party on 3%, up one point.

There has also being a slight bounce in support for Independents and others, up three points to 14%.

Enda Kenny has said Fine Gael election candidates would remain focused on the campaign, regardless of the poll results.

"There will be no complacency from Fine Gael," he said.

Meanwhile, Eamon Gilmore said Labour was the only party with "any prospect of catching up" with Fine Gael.

"Therefore, we're going to continue to work to increase the support of the Labour Party between now and polling day," he said.

Fine Gael is today outlining its plan for a 'Constitution Day' referendum to be held within one year of the election of a new government, to address issues of political reform.

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