Fine Gael will be taking their solidarity with those who get up early in the morning to the extreme with a pre-dawn photo shoot at Dublin Port tomorrow.

A team of ministers will be getting a tour of the facilities that were built with Brexit in mind and will see the first ships of the day dock and load.

It will be a fitting place to watch the sun rise on the day that Britain finally leaves the EU - a milestone occasion around which so much of Irish politics has revolved around.

But more importantly for them, it will be a place where their political message can be illustrated most starkly. And that message is likely to be shouted more loudly than any other: 'Don't take the risk of changing team.’

Brexit is the issue on which they had hoped to win this election. Fine Gael’s trump card.

But the topic which dominated so much of the news cycle over the past two years has barely registered in this election campaign and has been nowhere near the top of voters’ concerns.

There is some relief in Fine Gael that the issue is coming to the fore. And they have to take advantage of the day that is in it to ensure that, as an election issue, it takes centre stage.

In the past few days, Fine Gael Ministers turned up the dial. Enterprise Minister, Heather Humphreys, borrowed a phrase used by the former Sinn Féin leader, Gerry Adams, (in reference to the provisional IRA) to declare that: "Brexit hasn’t gone away, you know!"

This is a timely wake up call to voters not to risk changing the team of successful Brexit diplomacy, according to Fine Gael.

It’s Project Fear, according to its opponents.

Fianna Fáil, having taken a non-partisan approach to Brexit and claiming that the uncertainty was the very reason why it supported the minority government through the confidence and supply deal, is scathing about what it sees as the "politicisation of Brexit".

Micheál Martin was on his way to make a speech at the Institute of International and European Affairs this morning when he dismissed tomorrow morning’s press conference as mere optics.

Referring to the now defunct Strategic Communications Unit which was a source of huge controversy in the early days of Leo Varadkar’s leadership, Mr Martin said: "Leo himself created the unit which was going to cost five million to promote themselves. And here now for the latest photo op, they are going to get up at five o’clock in the morning to go to a port to be photographed."

He said: "That is that is just pathetic stuff. They are politicising it."

But it is perhaps the intervention of the EU Commissioner, Phil Hogan (who also hasn’t gone away, you know) that has prompted the biggest clash so far in this campaign.

On Wednesday night’s RTÉ News, a report on the EU Parliament’s ratification of the Brexit deal included a clip of Commissioner Hogan warning that the easy part of Brexit is over and that a no deal Brexit is still a possibility if there is no trade deal at the end of the year.

"So people should come out of their slumber in some way, and wake up to the reality that we are now in the intensive phase of the negotiations and the more riskier part," he said.

EU Commissioners are required to stay above domestic party politics. But to Fianna Fáil, the Commissioner’s warning chimed with the message Fine Gael was pushing at this crucial point of the election campaign.

"I think Phil Hogan should stay out of domestic Irish politics now for the next week. That was, to me anyway, a coded partisan intervention," the Fianna Fáil leader said.

The Tánaiste Simon Coveney had already warned that Brexit is "coming at us like a freight train" and that there is a possibility that the EU and UK will fail to strike a trade deal, with the imposition of high tariffs on exports like beef, as a result.

But Mr Coveney said Fine Gael is "not trying to scare people". Mr Martin disagrees.

"I remember before Christmas this was a ‘great deal’ and now in the last 48 hours there is a freight train coming down the tracks. Big Phil is telling the Irish people that they are in a slumber! So there is a new story being created, a new narrative being created that things are desperate altogether.

"I think people are going to see through that as an election created designed to frighten people in to voting in a particular direction, I don’t think it will work."

There might be some relief in Fine Gael to see a focus on Brexit during this campaign. But on an issue that has remained remarkably non-partisan in Irish politics to this point, it looks like they will not be having it all their own way.

Fixing Potholes:

It has been said that fixing potholes and not policies is what gets Irish politicians elected. Fianna Fáil has been bringing this obligation in to the 21st Century, with proposals for a "Fix my pothole" App.

It would allow users to put a geo pin at the location of a pothole which would alert the Government of the need to fix the road.