Fine Gael's director of elections Paschal Donohoe has said, if his party is re-elected, nobody will have to pay the top rate of tax until they earn €50,000 a year.

Speaking this afternoon, he said anyone that earns less than €20,000 will not have to pay the USC.

Mr Donohoe said Fianna Fáil's failure to take projected wage increases into account will result in a tax increase on ordinary workers. 

He said Fine Gael want to see middle income earners keep more of their money. 

He said Sinn Féin’s spending plans and tax cuts would pose huge risks to the Irish economy and he said they are plans that are built on sand. 

Fine Gael’s Peter Burke says the party's tax plan would benefit the many and not the few.

He said the minimum wage has increased by 30% since Fine Gael entered government. 

He said Fianna Fáil cut the minimum wage before leaving office and he said Ireland should not go back to "that dark place". 

Mr Donohoe has said party colleague Catherine Noone is free to do an interview with the media if she chooses. 

He was responding to reports that Fine Gael did not permit her to do an interview to explain comments she made about Leo Varadkar. 

Waterford a big part of plans to 'reshape' Ireland - Coveney

Meanwhile Fine Gael deputy leader Simon Coveney and senior party colleague Richard Bruton have spent the morning in Waterford as part of the general election campaign.

Mr Coveney said Waterford was a big part of Fine Gael's plans to "re-shape" the country over the next two decades.

He said the population of the city would increase by up to 35,000 in that time, and significant infrastructural investment would be required in its hospital and in the development of a new university.

Mr Coveney said the Government is investing €100m in the North Quays development in Waterford under its Project 2040, and that was now in the planning process.

He said the North Quays development would create a new heart in Waterford.

Richard Bruton said 32,000 new jobs had been created in the south east over the past four years.

He said the Government was investing €59m providing high-speed broadband for 15,000 premises who were without it.