The Green Party's Leader Eamon Ryan has said he wants to win at least six seats in the general election if the party is to go into a coalition government.

He was speaking on the Your Politics podcast, which is available to download here on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Soundcloud.

Mr Ryan was commenting after the party won a seat in the Dublin Fingal constituency in last week’s by-elections. 

Mr Ryan said the party had all its candidates selected for the general election.

He added the party had set a minimum number of seats it would need to win in a general election before it would participate in any coalition.

Mr Ryan said: "You have to set yourself a certain minimum." 

This week saw Fine Gael TD Dara Murphy quit his Dáil seat and take a job in the European Commission.

That has put the Government’s minority coalition in a more precarious situation and led to heightened speculation about an early general election.

But Mr Ryan said he still believed a poll would be held in April or May.

The Green Party leader was joined presenter Aine Lawlor and RTÉ’s Paul Cunningham and Mary Regan on the Your Politics podcast.