Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said he does not foresee Fianna Fáil going into government with Fine Gael after the election, despite the polls pointing to such an outcome.

Speaking to RTÉ News, Mr Ahern said the most likely outcome was a Fine Gael-led government with support from Labour, Renua, Social Democrats and a few Independents.

He said Fianna Fáil would remain in opposition at least until the next election, "before Christmas".

Asked about the current election campaign, Mr Ahern said it was "asleep".

He said he believed crime would be a big factor in the election as it was coming up as one of the major topics on the doorstep.

He said he believed people would not engage with the campaign until the final leaders’ debate a few days out from polling day.