Seven party leaders are taking part in the Claire Byrne Live Leaders' debate in NUI Galway tonight.

As campaigning in the General Election passes the halfway mark today, political parties and independent candidates have continued campaigning across the country.

With just 12 days to go to polling day, the debate takes on added significance especially given that four opinion polls have suggested that Fine Gael trail Fianna Fáil.

They also indicate an increase in support for Sinn Féin and a solid Green Party vote.

Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar conceded at the weekend that in hurling terms, his party is three points behind at half-time, but he insisted it can be turned around.

Today, the parties published more policies.

Fianna Fáil has outlined proposals to tackle high insurance costs, while Fine Gael is detailing its education policies.

Sinn Féin has said it will establish a new enterprise agency for domestic-focused businesses, while Labour has outlined the extra protections it plans for workers.

Meanwhile, the Green Party has focused on the area of water quality.


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Watch the Claire Byrne Live Leaders' Debate on RTÉ One