Michael Brennan: Frustration for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael as Sinn Féin continues on record high

Struggling to grapple with the housing, health and cost of living crises, the coalition parties are watching Mary Lou McDonald steal their thunder on the issues of the day

Mary Lou McDonald (centre), the Sinn Féin president, and Louise O’Reilly (second from left), the party’s enterprise and workers’ rights’ spokesperson, at the cost of living protests at the Dáil. Picture: RollingNews

Sinn Féin hit a record high of 36 per cent support in the most recent Business Post/Red C poll. Another month brings another poll, but the result remains the same – more or less. Mary Lou McDonald’s party has consolidated its position and remains on 36 per cent.

What has changed is what this 36 per cent means. Last month’s poll put Sinn Féin’s support one percentage point ahead of the combined support level for ...