Morning top 5: Fine Gael to launch election manifesto as latest poll shows drop in support for party

The top stories this Sunday morning

Fine Gael will launch its manifesto today as the election campaign continues.

The party had always intended to launch their manifesto in the middle of the campaign in the hopes it would give them the final push needed to see a return to Government.

However, they have now been rattled by opinion polls showing that so far their message hasn't worked and they are in fact losing voters.


The latest opinion poll shows that it is all still to play for ahead of the election.

Support for the current Government has dropped two points, meaning the Coalition is some distance short of being returned with a majority.

Fine Gael is down two points to 28%, while Labour are unchanged at 8%.

The Red C poll in the Sunday Business Post shows Sinn Féin support up three points to 20%, while Fianna Fáil stayed the same on 18.

The poll of 1,000 adults was carried out between Monday and Thursday of this week.


The Immigrant Council of Ireland says the introduction of a modern and fair immigration system must be a priority for any new Government.

It says the current regime is unnecessarily complicated and that applicants face lengthy delays before they are reunited with their families.

The Council is calling for clear rules and guidelines to be introduced, together with an independent appeals process.


Justice Antonin Scalia - one of the longest serving and most provocative members of the US Supreme Court - has died aged 79.

He was appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1986 and was known for his strident conservative views.

Republican presidential hopefuls have been paying tribute.

Ted Cruz says he single-handedly changed the course of legal history, while Donald Trump tweeted his death was a massive setback for the country.


An Irish couple who survived the terrorist attack on a Paris concert hall in November say it is too soon for them to return to the city for a memorial concert next week.

90 people died when gunmen stormed the Bataclan theatre during an Eagles of Death Metal gig.

The band will return to the city on Tuesday to continue the show they were not able to finish.