There is deep worry among Government parties that it may be difficult to form a government after the General Election, RTÉ’s Political Correspondent David Davin-Power has said.
Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, he said Fine Gael and Labour's repeated warnings of the apparent economic dangers involved in failing to support them in the upcoming election may be falling on deaf ears - and this could lead to a hung Dáil.
He said: "You can detect a deep worry in Government parties that, at this stage, the die is cast.
"The platform that is set will make forming a government very difficult indeed."
Pointing out what he described as Fine Gael's "scare tactics" as they slide in the polls, Mr Davin-Power stated that it appears "the Fine Gael campaign has gone negative a week earlier than they had planned".
Independents are having a very strong campaign, he said.
On the Kerry constituency, which changes to a five-seater from two three-seat constituencies, Mr Davin-Power said there is a distinct possibility that we may see "two Healy-Raes in the next Dáil".
Listen to David Davin-Power's Morning Ireland interview, here...