Support for Fine Gael has fallen further behind the Labour Party while support for Fianna Fáil has risen, according to a new poll.

1,000 voters were questioned around the country on Monday and Tuesday for the Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll, at the height of the controversy over pairing arrangements for the Tánaiste.

Fianna Fáil are up 3% since June to 24%, while Fine Gael drop 3% and are also on 24%. Labour have gained 4% to take a commanding lead on 33%.

The Green Party down 2% to 2%, Sinn Féin are down 2% to 8% while Independents and others are unchanged on 9%.

Satisfaction with the Government is up 1% to 13%, but three quarters of voters are dissatisfied, while 12% say they don't know.

On party leaders, Taoiseach Brian Cowen’s satisfaction rating is up 1% to 19%, Enda Kenny is also up 1% to 25% while Eamon Gilmore up 3% to 49%.

John Gormley is down 3% to 18% and Gerry Adams down 2% to 29%.