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SF's support in Republic falls

By Our Political Staff

Sinn Fein is continuing to struggle in the Irish Republic, according to a new opinion poll.

It is on 16% - a drop of 4%, the latest Sunday Times/Behaviour & Attitudes survey indicates.

The poll suggests that Fine Gael has overtaken Fianna Fail as the most popular party among voters south of the border.

However, the parties are separated by the narrowest of margins with just one percentage point between them.

The survey of voters carried out over a 13-day period up to last Tuesday shows Fine Gael on 29%, that is up three points on the previous poll last month. Fianna Fail (28%) are down one point.

The fall in support for Sinn Fein comes after the party struggled in the Irish council and European elections earlier this year.

The margin of error in the latest poll is 3.3%.

A general election is expected in the Republic next year.

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