Sinn Fein’s popularity in the Republic has jumped up by four points over the past two months.
Fine Gael has dropped five points in the same period in opinion polls, as party leader Enda Kenny's new image has failed to take off. But the party is still the best supported of the political parties, staying ahead of Fianna Fail, which has regained second place from the Labour Party.
The latest poll shows Fine Gael on 30%, down three points since the previous poll a month ago, Fianna Fail on 24%, up one point, Labour on 22%, down two points, Sinn Fein on 10%, up four, the Green Party on 5%, down one point and Independents on 9%.
After being on 35% back in March, Fine Gael is now down to 30%, after suffering two drops in successive polls, according to the survey by Red C in the Sunday Business Post.