Labour taking ‘81 per cent of criticism’ - Rabbitte

Labour Ministers defend party’s performance in Government after poor poll results

Mon, May 19, 2014, 16:20

Mr Rabbitte was speaking at the launch of the South Dublin Local Enterprise Office (LEO).

Ms Burton also criticised the policies being espoused by Sinn Fein candidates. Sinn Fein is saying it can decrease taxation, spend more on services and raise public sector wages all in the one go, she said.

She warned that the “very hard won recovery” would be put “in peril” by the kind of promises being put forward by some parties.

Podcast: Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll

Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll on European candidates

Ms Burton said television debates and final days of the campaign would be “crucially important” for the “enormous” number of undecided voters. She was speaking at the launch of an online tool to help jobseekers and employers.

Mr Gilmore said recently published polls showed Emer Costello and Midlands North-West candidate Lorraine Higgins were both in contention for seats in Europe. He did not mention the sitting MEP in Ireland South, Phil Prendergast, who has called for him to step down.

In The Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll published today almost 30 per cent of voters expressed no opinion or said they would not vote.

“The interesting thing about all of the polls that have been conducted is the very large number of people who have not yet made up their minds. That’s why our campaign is going to continue right up until 10 o’clock on Friday and I’m confident of the outcome.”

He also said he was “quite confident” about the party’s performance in the local elections.

Poll results

According to The Irish Times Ipsos/MRBI poll Fianna Fáil is in with a chance of retaining three European Parliament seats but Labour could lose all of its three seats.

The poll shows that Fine Gael looks on course to retain four Euro seats with Sinn Féin set for a major breakthrough with a good chance of winning three seats in Friday’s election.

In Dublin, Lynn Boylan of Sinn Féin on 23 per cent and Brian Hayes of Fine Gael on 22 per cent lead the field and are almost certain to be elected.

The third and final seat looks like being a three-way battle between Mary Fitzpatrick of Fianna Fáil, Eamon Ryan of the Green Party and Emer Costello of the Labour Party.

Ms Fitzpatrick is in third place on 12 per cent, followed by Eamon Ryan on 10 per cent, Emer Costello on 9 per cent and Nessa Childers on 8 per cent.

Bríd Smith of People Before Profit follows on 7 per cent with Paul Murphy of the Socialist Party on 6 per cent. Four other candidates are attracting 2 per cent or less.

In the Ireland South constituency, Fianna Fáil’s Brian Crowley is far ahead of the field on 31 per cent and his massive surplus will have a bearing on the destination of the final seats.

Sinn Féin’s Liadh Ní Riada with 19 per cent also looks certain to win a seat. Remarkably, Fine Gael has a good chance of winning two seats in the constituency with Seán Kelly a certainty and Deirdre Clune in the running for the final seat.

The poll was taken last Thursday, Friday and Saturday among a representative sample of 1,500 voters at 150 sampling points around the country with 500 voters in each of the three Euro constituencies.

The accuracy level in the constituency polls is plus or minus 4.5 per cent.

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