Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil level in latest opinion poll

Sinn Fein is the closest trailing party behind the two top parties

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil level in latest opinion poll

Health Minister Leo Varadkar outside Government Buildings | Image: Photocall

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are level in the latest political opinion poll.

The Sunday Times poll shows both parties made minor gains, while independent candidates lost out.

The poll shows Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on 29%, with Fianna Fáil up 2, and Fine Gael up 1.

The fact that they're roughly level isn't remarkable, but what is notable is the fact that they have developed a significant lead over the next biggest party.

Sinn Fein are next in the poll, unchanged on 18% and are now 11 points behind, the biggest trailing margin behind second place for some time.

Elsewhere, Labour are on 5%, tied with the Independent Alliance, while the Greens are on 3%.

The Social Democrats and Solidarity-PBP have just 1 point each, while Renua don't feature at all, and independent candidates are down 3 points to 9%.