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Midlands TD Among Contenders To Lead Fianna Fail In The Future

A new poll shows the public’s preferred choices to become the next leader.

A new poll shows Ministers Michael McGrath and Simon Coveney are the public’s preferred choices to become the next leaders of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael respectively.

The Sunday Independent / Ireland Thinks opinion poll also indicates there will be no 'Bacik Bounce’ for Labour - should Ivana Bacik succeed Alan Kelly as leader of the Labour party.

This exclusive poll shows strong public support for public expenditure minister Michael McGrath,to succeed Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

He's 14 points ahead of Dublin bay south TD Jim O’Callaghan.

Other contenders for the Fianna fail leadership include former ministers Dara Calleary and Offaly's Barry Cowen and current Cabinet ministers Norma Foley and Darragh O’Brien.

The public’s preferred choice to succeed Tánaiste Leo Varadkar as Fine Gael leader is Simon Coveney, ahead of Justice Minister Helen McEntee and Higher Education Minister Simon Harris.

The poll also suggests that there would be no surge in support for Labour if Dublin Bay south TD Ivana Bacik is elected leader succeeding Alan Kelly who was deposed last week.

55% of those polled said the change made no difference to whether or not they would vote for Labour, while 21% said it makes them less likely to vote for the party, ahead of 17% who said it made them more likely.

The poll shows Sinn Féin continues to be the most popular party in the State at 31% (down 1), Fine Gael is on 21% (down 1),Fianna Fail is up 3 points to 20%, the Social Democrats on 6%are (up 1), the Greens on 4% (no change), Solidarity-People Before Profit on 4%(up 1), Labour on 3% (no change), Aontú on 2% (down 1) and Independents and others on 9% (down 1).

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