Irish politicians have said they do not believe the prospect of Brexit being concluded by 31 January increases the likelihood of a general election here before next spring.

The UK is on course to leave the European Union by next month's deadline after an exit poll predicted a Conservative Party majority in the UK General Election.

Fianna Fáil's Brexit spokesperson Lisa Chambers said she believes it is likely that Irish people will go to the polls in April.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Prime Time, Ms Chambers said: "I think we would've had an election before now if it were not for Brexit.

"Micheál Martin (Fianna Fáil leader) has said he believes the natural conclusion of this Dáil is Easter, which is April 12, which is the Sunday. Could it go before that? I don't know ... things can change.

"Micheál Martin is the leader of the party, he has said the natural conclusion is April ... If I had to call it right now I would say April seems the most likely, but I don't know." 

She added that she does not think that the Irish general election will be fought on Brexit, but on health and housing.

The Fine Gael chair of the Seanad Special Committee on Brexit said he expects the election to be held in May.

Speaking on the same programme, Senator Neale Richmond said: "I think the Taoiseach has always said May is the preferred date. There's still a bit to run in this. We haven't got to 31st January yet, Finance Bill, much else to go through.

"Looking at people queuing in Belfast South and places tonight, I'd much rather be canvassing in May than January.

"Micheál Martin's also said that late April/springtime is a good time, so I don't see why that should change."