Ireland election: Leo Varadkar suffers humiliating double-blow as support ...

Backing for Fine Gael, the group led by the country’s prime minister, or Taoiseach, has fallen behind its main rival as voters ready themselves for the February 8 ballot. A survey for the Irish Times and Ipsos MRBI showed Irish adults are leaning away from the governing party, with Fianna Fail taking a slight lead. This marks the first time in three years that the party led my Micheal Martin has come in ahead of Mr Varadkar’s group.

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Fine Gael saw its support drop by six percentage points to 23 percent, behind Fianna Fail’s 25 percent.

Nationalist party Sinn Fein enjoyed a boost of seven percent, with 21 percent of respondents saying they intend to vote for the group led by Mary Lou McDonald.

The Green Party finished with eight percent, while the Labour Party was put on five percent.

A total of 1,200 voters were surveyed at 120 locations in every constituency.

varadkar-ireland-electionLeo Varadkar's backing among Irish voters has plummeted ahead of the February 8 election (Image: GETTY)

varadkar-ireland-electionA recent poll showed less than half of voters are satisfied with Mr Varadkar's leadership (Image: GETTY)

They were quizzed from Thursday to Saturday of last week.

The poll also showed satisfaction with the Government has dropped over the last few months.

In October, 42 percent of people said they were happy with the performance.

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varadkar-ireland-electionFianna Fail leader Micheal Martin pictured earlier this month (Image: GETTY)

But this time round, the figure plummeted to 27 percent.

And in another blow to

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