It's the penultimate full day of campaigning and candidates, activists and organisers are showing the inevitable signs of fatigue.

But as the more colourful language of the day would suggest, they are also beginning to shake off the tensions of what has been an intense and competitive electoral battle.

In his final press conference, Green leader Eamon Ryan has been talking about the "wild Atlantic women" running for the party who he hopes can make gains.

We assume he is talking here about Saoirse McHugh in Mayo, Róisín Garvey in Clare and Pauline O’Reilly in Galway West. In fact the party is running women candidates all the way along the western seaboard.

Meanwhile, Labour candidate Ged Nash has been talking about the red lines for his party if it enters coalition talks after the election, saying the party will not be a "cheap date."

The serious tone of the campaign was also being shaken off at the Fianna Fáil press conference where Jim O’Callaghan accused Leo Varadkar of thinking he was like the nation’s most admired football manager.

Asked about Mr Varadkar's argument that Fine Gael has the A team to deal with Brexit, as opposed to Fianna Fáil's B team, Mr O'Callaghan said: "You’d swear he was Jurgen Klopp managing Liverpool and that Heather Humphreys, Eoghan Murphy and Simon Harris were like Mane, Salah and Firmino. Give me a break. This is a desperately inept cabinet," he said.

The theme was taken up by his colleague Darragh O’Brien who said that some ministers had been "benched" during the course of the campaign.

Mr Varadkar was adopting a more sober tone as he held a press conference in Carlow - one of the constituencies where his party is in a battle to hold on to its second seat.

It was left to his colleague, Paschal Donohoe, to give a glowing assessment of his leader, telling the press conference that he sees more of him than he’s seen his wife in recent years.