27/02/2009

Cowen's Troubles Grow As 50% Want General Election

Half of voters want an election immediately with news also emerging that just 10% of voters are reported to be satisfied with the Government's performance during the current recession.

There's increasing grass-roots discontent with Dáil policies in the professions too as opposition to planned cuts of around €90m per year have forced the Health Service Executive (HSE) into a corner.

They are set to resume talks with junior doctors' representatives today in a bid to avert industrial action over cost-cutting measures.

A stunning 99% of junior hospital doctors have already voted to take action, up to and including a strike, if the HSE proceeds with a plan to cut overtime and allowances.

The HSE suspended the introduction of the cuts last week to allow for talks at the Labour Relations Commission, which began on Monday.

This adds yet more to Taoiseach Brain Cowen's woes as, according to a new opinion poll published this morning, more than 50% of respondents to the Millward Brown IMS poll in the Irish Independent said they would like to see an immediate general election.

The poll also showed that support for Fianna Fáil is now just 25%, down 17 points from the last election, with Fine Gael on 30% (+3) and the Labour Party on 22% (+12).

The Greens, meanwhile, still have 5% support, with Sinn Féin also unchanged on 7%.

(BMcC/JM)

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