Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has accused the Government parties of scare tactics, adding that threatening people would not work and would backfire. 

He said Fine Gael in particular was trying to encourage voters by frightening the living daylights out of them and the Irish people would not be scared. 

Responding to Michael Noonan's assertion that there is a black hole in the Fianna Fáil manifesto's figures, he said he rejected that totally. 

He said the bottom line was Fianna Fáil had an €8.3bn package and there was lots of room for adjustments as opposed to the Fine Gael €10.1bn package which was not leaving room.

On the question of repealing the Eighth Amendment, he said Fianna Fáil would not initiate a movement to do so, but he said if others did, the party would have a free vote. 

He also said there was a question about what would replace the amendment if it was removed and he said the issue could not be resolved by slogans.

On Brexit, he said Fianna Fáil could live with what was in David Cameron's proposals but he said they had to be very careful about Irish citizens living in Britain. 

He said a Brexit would amount to an enormous economic dislocation.

He also said Sinn Féin had questions to answer in relation to its support for the Right2Change movement's proposal that if TTIP was passed, it would look for a referendum on EU membership.