The Fianna Fáil leader has indicated that his party will continue to support the Confidence and Supply Agreement with the Government.

Micheál Martin said his position is as consistent now, as he articulated before Christmas, when he said the party was "prepared to continue with confidence and supply, and to work constructively in terms of framing a Budget because of the prospect of a no-deal Brexit".

He said "that allowed us to get emergency legislation passed in the early part of this year, in preparation for a no-deal Brexit" and he said the prospect of that is still there.

Mr Martin was responding to comments from the Taoiseach earlier today who said he is not ruling out a general election.

Speaking in Cork this evening, Mr Martin said: "It is a matter for the Taoiseach to decide whether he wants to have a general election or not."

"That's his prerogative," he added.

He said: "I never look at local elections or European elections through the frame of a general election. They are different elections but that is a matter for the Taoiseach."

Mr Martin said: "As far as I am concerned, I remain consistent to my position in terms of what is in the best interest of the people of Ireland, as far as I see it."

He said his main concern is that a no-deal Brexit would be very bad for Ireland.

"It's very bad for jobs, incomes, the agri-food industry, for small to medium-sized companies," he added.

He also said while there was a lull in the last while in terms of Brexit, "now we are looking at the possibility of a hardline Brexiteer being elected as the Prime Minister of Britain, it could go either way, there could be a general election in Britain or there could be a lurch towards a no-deal, which would have a very significant negative impact on Ireland.

"That would be my major concern right now in terms of the welfare of our people and the well-being of jobs in our country, and that's what will motivate me in terms of decision making from here on and continues to motivate me," he added.