There is a 'good chance' the current coalition Government could be re-elected, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.
He was speaking as recent polls show continued support for Sinn Féin to lead the next Government, with support for the coalition parties remaining low.
Mr Varadkar's party also dropped to 19% support in the poll, which saw 41% of people saying they want the next Government to be led by Sinn Féin and not include Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil.
Mr Varadkar told The Pat Kenny Show people should not pay too much attention to opinion polls.
"I never put too much stock in opinion polls because they don't predict the outcome of elections," he said.
"They certainly didn't last time and they certainly didn't the time before.
"I think it's fair to say that - accepting that caveat - if you look at Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael together, the two parties continue to command in and around 40% or more of the vote.
"It's on those kinds of figures that Governments get re-elected, perhaps with the Greens as partners again - I think that's a realistic possibility".
'Best of luck to them'
Mr Varadkar said Sinn Féin are "doing really well in the polls, and best of luck to them" but warned that "31%, 32%, 35% does not a government make."
"The reason why the three parties that are in Government now are in Government is because we got 51% together," he said.
"I think there's a good chance that the current Government could be re-elected and be allowed to continue our work."
Mr Varadkar said it is unlikely Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party would run on any joint platform.
"We are all separate parties, so I think it's unlikely that we'll run as a ticket, if you like, or as a coalition," he said.
"I think each party will want to set out its own stall - but I do think that there's a very good chance that this Government could be re-elected," he added.
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