For the second week in a row - an opinion poll has suggested an increase in support for Sinn Féin and unaligned independents, while there has been a slight drop in support for both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.

The survey of voters, carried out by RED C for the Sunday Business Post, over four days up to Thursday shows where the parties stand as the new political season is about to begin.

It  gauged support for Fianna Fail at 27%, down two points.

There was a one-point drop in Fine Gael support to stand at 25%.

Sinn Féin are up two points to 15% while there is a one-point increase for Labour to bring the party to 7% support.

The unaligned independents gain three points and rise to 10%.

The AAA-PBP are also up one point to 6% but the Independent Alliance loses a point and falls to 4%.

The Social Democrats are unchanged on 4% but the Greens are down two points to 2% support.