The first opinion poll of the New Year shows a moderate rise in support for Fianna Fáil, while satisfaction with the Taoiseach and with the Government is also up.

However, according to the Ipsos MRBI poll, in tomorrow's Irish Times, Fianna Fáil remains in third place, behind Fine Gael and Labour.

Three-quarters of voters say they are dissatisfied with the Government's performance.

Ipsos MRBI quizzed more than 1,000 voters around the country on Monday and Tuesday, and the results show some good news for the Government, the Taoiseach and Fianna Fáil.

Support for Fianna Fáil is up two points to 22%, still ten points behind Fine Gael, who gain one to 32, Labour are down one, but still in second place on 24%, the Greens drop one to 3%, Sinn Féin are down one to eight, and Independents and others are unchanged at 11%.

Satisfaction with the Government is up five to 19% - but three-quarters of voters remain dissatisfied; just five per cent have not made up their minds.

Satisfaction with the Taoiseach is up three to 26 per cent; Enda Kenny is down one to 31;
Eamon Gilmore retains the highest rating - at 46% - up one; John Gormley is up two to 24, while Gerry Adams gains three to 31%.

The Government parties normally gain support when the Dáil is not sitting - and the support for Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour are exactly the same as in the first Irish Times poll last year - that poll was regarded as a disaster for the Government.