The Fine Gael leader, Enda Kenny, has challenged the Taoiseach to engage in a public debate on crime before the next General Election.
Speaking on RTÉ Radio's This Week, Mr Kenny said the election will be 'the mother and father of all battles' and one he is looking forward to winning.
He said he was committed to the Fine Gael alliance with Labour and possibly the Green Party, but he ruled out seeking the support of Sinn Féin in government.
Mr Kenny also said that if Fine Gael is elected to government after the next Election, there would be no increase in personal, corporate or capital tax.
He said Fine Gael would also abolish stamp duty up to €450,000 on second-hand homes for first-time buyers.