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Fine Gael's support has surged due to its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new opinion poll.

The Business Post/Red C poll published today has the party on 34%, an increase of 13 points on the General Election result.

Sinn Féin is up three to 28%, while FiannaFáil is down four to 18%.

Support for the Green Party is down two points to 5%, with independents also at 5% after a seven-point drop.

The Labour Party is down one point to 3%, while Solidarity-People Before Profit is also down one point to 2%.

Aontú has seen its support unchanged with support of 2%.

The survey of 1,000 voters was conducted online between Friday, March 20th and Friday, March 25th last week.

Government formation

The election, held just seven weeks ago, saw Fianna Fáil emerge as the party with the most seats with 38 successful candidates.

Sinn Féin had its best-ever election, with Mary Lou McDonald's party just one behind Fianna Fáil on 37 seats.

Fine Gael got 35 TDs elected, while there are 12 Green TDs, six Labour Party and Social Democrats TDS, and 20 Independents forming part of the 33rd Dáil.

Earlier this week, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil said they agreed on the need to form a strong, stable government.

Efforts to form a government are continuing after it was revealed no new laws can be passed from next week.

The lack of a new government will paralyse the legislative process from midnight tonight.

The Ceann Comhairle received legal advice warning that the Seanad will not be able to sit unless a new government is in place.

Main image: Minister for Health Simon Harris with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking to the media last week. Photo: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

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