Parties struggle to find traction against Varadkar and Fine Gael

Parties struggle to find traction against Varadkar and Fine Gael
Micheál Martin and his party are not gaining ground on Fine Gael Picture: Leon Neal/AFP

FF is down by five points, the Independent Alliance at 1 per cent is hit by Shane Ross signing off on a hockey pitch grant on his own turf, SF is up two points despite internal turmoil, and Labour is becalmed at 6 per cent

It has been a difficult time for Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Even with a free vote in operation, no party leader likes to see a majority of his TDs lining up to vote against his own position – in this case, holding the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

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