A new opinion poll suggests Fine Gael has extended its lead over Fianna Fáil to six points.
The latest Behaviour & Attitudes poll conducted for The Sunday Times shows Fine Gael is up one point to 31%, while the party’s Confidence and Supply partners Fianna Fáil have slipped one point to 25%.
Sinn Féin has increased its support by one point to 19%.
Labour is unchanged on 5%, while the Green party is up one point to 3%.
The Independent Alliance is unchanged on 2%, while other independents are down one point to 12%.
Solidarity/People Before Profit are down a point to 1%.
The Social Democrats and Renua are both down a point, placing both parties at zero in this poll.
However it is important to point out that the poll has a margin of error of 3.3%.
The poll was conducted in a series of face-to-face interviews with 930 eligible Irish voters from Thursday 28 February to Tuesday 12 March.