The Labour Party says it has five key demands if it is involved in talks on the formation of a government and that it would not be a "cheap date".

The party is billing itself as the 'real deal' when it comes to change.

Labour has said it is prioritising public investment in health and housing and avoiding what it called "auction politics".

Yesterday, party leader Brendan Howlin accused Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil of following a market-driven agenda in recent years.

Labour, which had seven TDs in the outgoing Dáil, is running 31 candidates in this election.

Mr Howlin said he didn't have a "magic number" in mind in terms of seat outcomes.

Labour's Director of Elections, Ivana Bacik, said candidates have been putting out their core message of stopping the waste of public money, building more homes and fixing the healthcare system.

"We are calling for for investment in public services and been very clear, honest and straightforward from the very start and Brendan Howlin has been putting that message forward," she said.

Additional reporting Sharon Lynch