Sinn Féin moves ahead of Fianna Fáil, according to a new public opinion poll
Fine Gael remains the most popular party in the country.
Sinn Féin has received a boost in support with a new public opinion poll in the Sunday Times indicating that the party has edged slightly ahead of Fianna Fáil.
The newspaper's latest poll focuses on Behaviour and Attitudes and saw 935 adults surveyed.
It puts Sinn Féin in second place on 24% with a rise of +3, while Fianna Fáil loses ground by -2 on 23%.
Fine Gael, despite a three-point drop, remains the most popular party in the country, on 30%.
Others account for 10% of public favour, with Labour dropping two points to 4%.
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A separate opinion poll released on Sunday, conducted by the Sunday Business Post, paints a different picture.
That poll of 1,000 adults sees Fianna Fáil remain unmoved on 25%, with Fine Gael nine points ahead as the clear favourite in the country.
Sinn Féin do gain new ground in this poll, however, as the party moves up by two points to 16%.
Party leader Mary Lou McDonald's profile has risen positively in recent weeks, following her challenging of former HSE chief executive Tony O'Brien and her appearance on the controversial Eighth Amendement debate edition of Claire Byrne Live.
Fine Gael, meanwhile, appears to have dodged any major fallout from the cervical cancer scandal, as Leo Varadkar's party holds firm with 34%, an increase of two points from last month's Red C poll.
The Sunday Business Post poll was sourced via telephone between Thursday 10 May and last Wednesday 16 May.