SINN FÉIN has drawn level with Fianna Fáil in first place in the latest Irish election opinion poll.
According to the Business Post/Red C poll, support for Sinn Féin has increased once again to see them draw level on 24% alongside Ireland’s other main opposition party.
Fine Gael sit further back in the poll at 21% with less than a week to go until the election.
The results represent a five-point increase for Sinn Féin on the last comparable Red C Poll with both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil down two points on the previous poll.
Elsewhere, the Green Party dropped down one point to 7%, while Labour climbed one to 5%.
Independents slipped two points to 10%, with the Social Democrats unchanged at 3%, while Solidarity-PBP are down one at 1%.
Aontú climbed up one point on 2% support, while according to this Red C poll other parties are listed as having 1%.
The results are based on a telephone poll of 1000 voters conducted between January 25 and 30, and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3%.
They follow hot on the heels of a Panelbase poll of 1,000 voters for The Times that saw Sinn Féin move ahead of Fine Gael for the first time in the campaign.
That poll has the party trailing Fianna Fáil by just two points.
Despite the surge in popularity, both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have rejected any suggestion of a possible coalition government.