The Department of Finance has said the timetable for AIB's flotation was "designed to cater for the UK election".

"We remain on track to issue a price range prospectus over the next week or so," a Finance Department spokesman said in a statement today.

The statement follows the shock election result for Prime Minister Theresa May, which plunged Britain into political chaos days before the start of Brexit talks. 

Both currency and equity markets do not like uncertainty and at one stage the pound had dropped over 2% against its peers. 

However, sterling falls have tended to support London's internationally-focussed FTSE 100 blue chip index and the index had gained 0.7% this afternoon.

The sale of the Government's 25% stake in the AIB is expected to be the biggest flotation in Europe this year. 

After announcing the intention to float, the next step in the IPO process is the publication of a prospectus document which will outline the risks the bank faces and a price range at which the shares could be sold. 

In tandem with that document, an announcement will be published by the Minister for Finance confirming the flotation is going ahead.