Sunday Business Post

  • Fianna Fail has paid the price for backing the Government for another year.

    A Red C poll for today's Sunday Business Post shows support for Micheal Martin's party is down 5 points to 22 percent, following its decision to back a new 'confidence and supply' extension.

    The paper's Political Editor Michael Brennan says Fine Gael is also down, with the independents picking up the gains.


    Fine Gael is still the most popular party in the country.

    Despite a small dip in support - a new opinion poll shows they still have a seven point lead over Fianna Fail.

    The latest Sunday Business Post/Red C poll shows Fine Gael on 32 percent, which is down a point - with Fianna Fail up one at 25 percent.

    There's disappointment for Sinn Fein which has lost the two point gain it made last month, and is now down by 2 points to 14 percent.

    Independents are up 2 to 13 per cent with the Independent Alliance up 1 to 2.

    Labour is unchanged on 6, the Green Party, the Social Democrats and Solidarity-People Before Profit remain on 2 - while Renua is down 1 to 1 percent.

    The telephone poll of 1,000 voters was taken over the course of seven days, between Thursday April 19th and Thursday April 25th.



  • The Government is considering allowing convicted drink-drivers drive to work.

    Officials have been asked to examine a system in operation in New Zealand.

    In New Zealand a person can apply for a limited licence that would allow them drive at specific times for specific reasons.

    They must prove to a court their driving ban causes them extreme hardship or undue hardship to someone else.

    The Sunday Business Post reports that if the move was considered in Ireland it would be most likely in cases where people need their car in order to get to and from work.

    According to the paper Transport Minister Shane Ross would consider any such proposal from the Vintner's Federation of Ireland.

    Ireland's tough drink driving laws have seen automatic driving bans, fines and penalty points introduced for those caught over the limit.


  • Most of the smaller parties have suffered a decline in support in the latest Red C/ Sunday Business Post opinion poll.

    Fine Gael remains the most popular party on 32 percent , with Fianna Fail support up 3 points to 29.

    Sinn Fein are down one to 14, Labour are unchanged at 6, while Independents are up one to 10.

  • On the day that Sinn Fein is to announce their Presidential candidate, the latest opinion poll shows a lack of support for the party.

    The Sunday Business Post/Red C poll carried out from Thursday, September 6th to Thursday last week has revealed a mixture of opinions.

    Sinn Féin has seen that two-point gain in the most recent polls lost, with the party down to 14 per cent again.

    While Fianna Fáil has dropped three points to 22 per cent.

    Political Editor with the Sunday Business Post Micheal Brennan says the Independents have come up.

  • The Taoiseach will take comfort from the latest political opinion poll out today.

    Despite the recent nurses' strike and rows over spending for the National Children's Hospital, Fine Gael have lost just one percent and still head the leader-board at 31 percent.

    Fianna Fail are 7 points behind, up 2 on 24 percent in today's RedC poll for the Sunday Business Post.

    However the paper's Political Editor Michael Brennan says Sinn Fein are the big winners, up 5 points to 18%. 

  • The U.S labs contracted to carry out the cervical check screening have threatened to quit Ireland - placing the The CervicalCheck scheme into doubt.

    The issue centres on a row with the state over compensation for medical negligence according to the Sunday Business Post.

    The current contract expires in October, and under its terms the labs accept liability for any medical negligence costs incurred under the scheme.

    They now want the Irish tax-payer to underwrite those costs - a move which has given rise to fears within the HSE that the service could collapse.

    The paper says the health service is working on a contingency plan, however the ongoing controversy over the cervical programme here has made it difficult to bring other overseas labs on board.