Not a "chance in hell" that Fine Gael will achieve majority, says party's Director of Elections

The party is planning a return of the current coalition

Fine Gael's Director of Elections says he doesn't think there's "a chance in hell" that the party will win an overall majority in the upcoming election.

Brian Hayes says that a number of factors including the reduced number of TDs in the next Dail will work against his party.

A minimum of 40% popular support would be needed, he believes, to return a majority - a poll published just before the election put Fine Gael at 32%, with Labour at 9%.

He says that even holding on to all the seats they currently have would be a huge ask and that the current coalition partners want to return to government together: