Bit by bit the momentum is building towards an early election.

The causes have been building for some weeks.

On the Your Politics podcast the team of David Murphy, Mícheál Lehane and Fiachra Ó Cionnaith look at why it is increasingly difficult for the Government to avoid an early election.

The podcast is available for download here on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Soundcloud.

The main issue prompting increasing speculation about an early election has been the diminishing support for the Government in the Dáil.

That has been caused by the elections late last year, Fine Gael's Dara Murphy resigning and Fianna Fáil’s John McGuinness threatening to vote against the Government in a future no confidence motion.

The obstacles to an election have been removed too. The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement has been approved in the House of Commons and the prospects for Stormont resuming have improved.