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Varadkar bounce gives Ireland's Fine Gael eight-point poll lead

Varadkar bounce gives Ireland's Fine Gael eight-point poll lead
From Reuters - September 17, 2017

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irelands ruling Fine Gael party has opened up an eight-point lead over its nearest rival, an opinion poll showed on Sunday, suggesting the minority government was seeing a bounce under new prime minister Leo Varadkar.

Varadkar, the 38-year-old son of an Indian immigrant and the first gay premier of the once-staunchly Catholic country,succeeded Enda Kenny in May as members of his center-right Fine Gael hoped a young, straight-talking leader would propel the party ahead of main rival Fianna Fail.

Fine Gael secured the support of 33 percent of respondents to the Sunday Times/Behaviour & Attitudes poll, up from 29 percent in July, while the opposition Fianna Fail fell five points to 25 percent.

All of this increase has come from those who were undecided about the Taoiseach (prime minister) in the previous poll, said Behaviour & Attitudes executive chairman Ian McShane.

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