The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he wants Fianna Fáil to commit to a two-year extension of the confidence and supply deal with the government, and agree to holding a General Election in 2020.

Speaking to reporters in Drogheda this afternoon, the Taoiseach said: "There is a lot of uncertainty which is going to arise over the next few months, particularly with respect to Brexit and alot of other things around the world."

Mr Varadkar was responding to the Fianna Fáil deputy leader, Dara Calleary, who told the Irish Times that his party should back the government only for one more budget. 

Mr Calleary said that such a deal could only be secured if Fine Gael was more 'honest' about where it has fallen down in areas such as housing and health. 

But the Taoiseach told journalists in Drogheda this afternoon: "I think that Fine Gael and the government is very honest about the difficulties that the country is facing. We are very aware of them." 

Mr Varadkar said he would be meeting the Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin before the Dail returns next month and they would discuss the issue of an extension to the confidence-and-supply deal then.