There has been a big jump in support for Fianna Fáil, according to an opinion poll to be published in tomorrow's Irish Times.

The tns/MRBI poll shows that the current coalition parties have regained their lead over Fine Gael and Labour, despite recent controversies to hit the Government.

The poll, which was carried out on Monday and Tuesday, shows Fianna Fáil at 39%, an increase of 8 points since the last survey in May.

Fine Gael is down two to 26%, while Labour is down four to 11%. Sinn Féin are down one to 8%.

The PDs have gained one point to 4%, the Greens are also up one to 6%, while Independents are down three to 6%.

When voters were asked how satisfied they are with the party leaders, 53% said they were happy with the way Bertie Ahern is doing his job, an increase of one point since May.

In his first outing as party leader, Michael McDowell has a rating of 32%, which compares to the 34% Mary Harney got in May.

Enda Kenny is up two points at 42%.