Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he is willing to enter a confidence-and-supply arrangement with Fianna Fail but has ruled out going into a coalition with Sinn Fein.
The leaders of the two main parties in the Irish General Election will go head to head in a television debate on Wednesday night.
The main TV election debates in Ireland should be limited to Fine Gael and Fianna Fail, Micheal Martin has insisted.
The leader of Fianna Fail has said Irish people do not respond well to negative campaigning as his party opened up a 12-point lead on rivals Fine Gael.
Leo Varadkar has insisted Ireland is a safe country following the murder of a teenager and a number of violent crimes in recent days.
Fianna Fail has pledged to “do a better job” with public finances, claiming the party prevented damage to the economy from Fine Gael’s “regressive and unsustainable” tax policies.
Fine Gael has promised tax cuts and increased wages but insisted there can be no return to the “boom to bust” economic policies of the past.
With a signature and a wave from the Taoiseach, the 32nd Dail was officially dissolved ending months of speculation over when the next General Election will be held.
As the start of the 2020 General Election campaign gets under way, two major issues are expected to dominate political battle.
Ireland’s by-election results showed the Government is “out of touch”, Sinn Fein’s leader claimed.
Ireland’s minority Government has suffered a blow after failing to win any seats in four by-elections which could provide clues before the whole country goes to the polls next year.