A new opinion poll has suggested that Fine Gael has gained support at the expense of Fianna Fáil.

The 'Red C' poll in the Sunday Business Post found that Fianna Fáil support has dropped two points to 35%, while Fine Gael went up two points to 25% since last month.

It is the second in a series of monthly polls that will test the political temperature between now and the general election.

More than 1,000 people were tested nationwide, and the results were adjusted to reflect the make-up of the adult population.

It is thought the drop in support for Fianna Fáil may be as a result of recent controversies over ministerial appointments.

Labour is down one at 12%, Sinn Féin is up one to 10%, the Greens have dropped two to 5%, while the PDs are up one to 4% and Independents are also up one to 9%.

39% of those polled said they were confident the economy could sustain the current rate of immigration, while 32% were not.

The results showed that 45% were confident that the economy is on the right track for the future, while 25% were not confident and 30% said they were neither.