An opinion poll shows that Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is the most popular leader of a political party even though people have trouble believing him.

Last week, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern unequivocally denied receiving any payment from a businessman representing developer Owen O'Callaghan.

I never received one penny from Owen O’Callaghan, for myself, for the party or for anyone else.

A new Sunday Independent IMS poll indicates that only 36 per cent of respondents believe him. A further 46 per cent do not believe him and a further 18 per cent have no opinion.

Despite all of this controversy, the poll also indicates that Bertie Ahern is still the most popular political leader with 67 per cent of respondents indicating satisfaction with his leadership. The poll also shows that there is little appetite for a general election amongst respondents with 63 per cent saying that they did not want a general election. Fianna Fáil are still the most popular political party at 49 per cent.

The poll also included a question about the actions of Gardaí on 20 April 2000 when John Carthy was shot dead by a member of the Gardaí during a siege in Abbeylara County Longford. Only 16 per cent agreed with the Garda action while 71 per cent believe that John Carthy should not have been shot dead.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 29 April 2000. The reporter is Una Claffey.