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Sinn Fein Moves Into Lead as Varadkar Trails Before Election

Leo Varadkar
Leo VaradkarPhotographer: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg
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Sinn Fein, the former political wing of the Irish Republican Army, moved into the lead ahead of the Feb. 8 general election, a poll showed, with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar’s Fine Gael pushed to third place.

The party scored 25%, the Irish Times said late Monday in Dublin, citing a poll of 1,200 voters taken between Jan. 30 and Feb. 1, up 4 points from a survey for the newspaper taken two weeks ago. Fianna Fail dropped 2 points to 23%, while Fine Gael dropped 3 points to 20%.