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Parties in final election push

Political parties begin their final push to secure votes as the General Election campaign enters its final days.

Buoyed by three new opinion polls putting him on course to be the next Taoiseach, Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny will highlight the party's plans to create high-tech jobs in government.

Labour leader Eamon Gilmore will give a speech on the potential impact on families of the outcome of the election at St Nicholas of Myra Parish Centre in central Dublin.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin, fresh from a "rally-the-troops" style speech in Navan last night, will address the IFA executive council about his proposals to boost employment in the agrifood industry.

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams will be on the campaign trail in Cork and Green Party candidates will be in their constituencies.

Monday's Irish Times/ Ipsos MRBI poll puts Fine Gael at 37%, up 4%, Labour at 19%, down five points and Fianna Fail at 16%, up 1%.

And Mr Kenny received another boost for the third opinion poll in a row, with support at 37%, up seven points.

Mr Martin is on 29%, up four, Mr Gilmore on 40%, down four, John Gormley on 19%, up four and and Mr Adams up two to 29%.

A Sunday Independent/Millward Brown Lansdowne poll on Sunday put Mr Kenny on 33% for the top job - five points ahead of Mr Martin and nine ahead of Labour leader Eamon Gilmore. Fine Gael is at 37%, with Labour at 20%, Fianna Fail at 16%, Sinn Fein at 12% and the Greens at 1%.

In the Sunday Business Post Fine Gael was on 39%, with Labour on 17%, Fianna Fail on 16%, Sinn Fein on 12% and the Greens on 2%.

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