A new opinion poll shows a swing back to Fine Gael but the main government party is still neck and neck with Fianna Fáil.

Today's Sunday Independent/Kantar Millward Brown poll was conducted among almost 1,000 voters between 9 July and 21 July.

Compared to the last similar poll in February, the results show that Fine Gael is up five points to 30% while Fianna Fáil is down four points to 29%.

There is no change for Sinn Féin at 20%.

The Labour Party is up one point to 7% and independents are up three points to 7%.

There is no change for the Independent Alliance at 5%, there is also no change for the Green Party at 2%.

Solidarity/PBP is down two points to 1%.

The poll found the Social Democrats on less than 1%, down two points since the last poll.

The margin of error for this poll is plus or minus 3%.

The poll also shows a big increase in public satisfaction with Leo Varadkar as Fine Gael leader - up 22 points from last February to a 49% rating.

Back then the party leader and Taoiseach Enda Kenny was in the eye of the storm after it emerged Garda whistle blower Sgt Maurice McCabe had been subject to false allegations of abuse.

The Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has a satisfaction rating of 45%, up one point since February.