The Queen more popular than any political leader in the Republic of Ireland, according to a poll

The Queen is more popular than any political leader in the Republic of Ireland, including Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald.

According to a Sunday Independent/Ireland Thinks opinion poll, the Irish public ranks the monarch celebrating the Platinum Jubilee with greater approval than Taoiseach Micheal Martin (44%) and Tanaiste Leo Varadkar (38%).

With an approval rating of 50%, respondents also consider her more popular than Eamon Ryan (21%), the leader of the Green Party and Ms McDonald (45%), the president of Sinn Fein.

The poll comes as people across the UK enter the final day of Jubilee celebrations, with a colorful street show planned in London and hundreds of local parties across the country.

Sunday’s events include a number of Big Lunch parties across Northern Ireland, with Belfast City Hall set to be lit up purple to mark the royal milestone.

Although he fell below the Queen in the poll, the majority of those polled believe Sinn Fein’s chairman will be Taoiseach after the next Republic election.

Sinn Fein is also well ahead of all other southern parties at 35% – the party having gained a point since last month.

The Queen’s popularity comes as thousands of people across Northern Ireland took part in events and street parties on Saturday to celebrate her 70-year reign.

The festivities included a visit to Belfast by the Earl and Countess of Wessex, who met with performing groups, including a street band.

They also heard stories about the city’s diverse communities over the past 70 years, which were explored through fashion, photography, music and dance.

The royal couple then proceeded to their second engagement of the day, heading to the newly crowned town of Bangor for a seaside vintage funfair.