Taoiseach 'does not see election at all' in the foreseeable future

Enda Kenny is the longest serving politician in the Dáil

Taoiseach 'does not see election at all' in the foreseeable future

Enda Kenny speaking at the launch of the Creative Minds Ireland in the National Gallery in Dublin | Image: Rollingnews.ie

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny says a general election next year is the last thing on his mind.

Mr Kenny says the minority coalition has a three year confidence and supply arrangement with Fianna Fáil.

The Taoiseach is also the longest serving politician in the Dáil.

He says making predictions about elections is not always easy.

"Experience is one thing, assessment is another.

"In the United States, the Democratic Party spent over a billion dollars in trying to determine that question in advance and they weren't able to do so.

"But for me, I do not see an election at all in the very foreseeable future".

It comes as a new Behaviour and Attitudes poll shows the satisfaction rating of Mr Kenny is on 33 points - a rise of one point since a similar survey last month.

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has seen his satisfaction rating drop by six points, while Fianna Fail's Micheál Martin is the country's most popular political leader on 50 points.

Fianna Fáil is also the country's most popular political party, despite a two point drop in favour to 28%.

Fine Gael is the second most popular party at 26% - having also suffered a two point drop.

Sinn Féin came in third at 19% after a two point rise in popularity - while the Labour Party is at 5%.

Party leader Brendan Howlin's satisfaction rating is on 39 points.

And the Government’s satisfaction rating as a whole remained at 34%.