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Your morning briefing: McDonald clear choice for taoiseach, poll finds; Colombian cartel suspected of supplying cocaine seized on ship off Cork

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Your Friday morning briefing: Almost a third of voters want Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald as the next taoiseach, a new Irish Times/Ipsos poll has found.

Mary Lou McDonald most popular choice for Taoiseach, Irish Times poll finds

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald is now the most popular choice to be the next Taoiseach, the latest Irish Times/Ipsos opinion poll has found.

When voters were asked who they would prefer to see as Taoiseach after the next election, almost a third (32 per cent) opted for Ms McDonald. The Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar were both the choice of 18 per cent each, while 20 per cent of respondents chose none of the three main party leaders.

The poll also finds that just over a quarter of voters (27 per cent) favour a continuation of the present Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael-Green Coalition after the next election, but more than four in 10 voters want to see Sinn Féin as part of the next government.

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Sinn Féin is maintaining a strong lead in the polls, according to latest Irish Times/Ipsos data

Sinn Féin will have compromise if McDonald is to make history: If yesterday’s findings of the latest Irish Times/Ipsos opinion poll confirmed that Sinn Féin is maintaining a strong lead in the polls, then today’s data shows that while large numbers of voters have reservations about the party being in power, greater numbers want to see them leading the next government, writes Political Editor Pat Leahy.


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The state of Dublin

Sir, – Michael McDowell is entirely correct that Dublin City Council bears a significant responsibility for the dereliction and appalling urban design that, to speak frankly, make Dublin an often ugly and unattractive city compared to its European counterparts (Opinion & Analysis, September 27).

It is embarrassing to explain to friends who have moved here that, despite living in one of the most expensive places on the planet, they should not expect action on dereliction and undeveloped sites. This is as true in the suburbs as the centre; with the exception of some postcodes, most of us live in a sprawling mess of housing estates that lack the amenities commonplace elsewhere.

However, discontent with how the council approaches design, architecture, and planning is nothing new; generations of Dubliners have battled with elected and unelected officials hostile to the idea that Dublin should have buildings, plazas, and streetscapes as beautiful as other cities. Therefore, while the call for urgent and significant change in how our capital is run and developed is laudable, the idea that such change will occur any time soon is fanciful.

As with our woeful public transport, our politicians and public service can seem defeated by complex problems and so opt instead for rhetoric and reports over meaningful action. – Yours, etc, ANDREW QUINN,

Clongriffin, Dublin 13.

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