Michael Noonan insists that voters shouldn't rule out that possibility
The Fine Gael leader says he won't even consider an arrangement with Fianna Fail given its own economic record.
He was reacting to suggestions from former Fianna Fáil minister Dermot Ahern, who said a Tallaght Strategy-style arrangement might be needed.
Enda Kenny says he has no interest in that kind of plan:
Meanwhile, the finance minister Michael Noonan has admitted it's not at all clear now whether the government will be re-elected.
But he's claimed the two main opposition parties might still work together if they have enough numbers to govern.
Both Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin continue to insist they would not enter coalition with each other.
Noonan says voters shouldn't rule out that possibility:
Noonan then repeated his attack on Sinn Féin - saying their policies would see Ireland follow the path of Greece.
The minister stated that the opposition parties - particularly Sinn Féin - won't be able to afford their election promises, because they'll mismanage the economy.
He says Fianna Fail doesn't have policies, meaning in a coalition it would be up to Sinn Féin to run the economy.
And he says the experience in Greece should be a lesson to Irish voters:
The outgoing TD Paul Murphy says the new alliance of left-wing parties is about to become the third-biggest group in Dublin, and he believes the combined Anti-Austerity Alliane/People Before Profit will be bigger than either Labour or Fianna Fáil.
The comments came as the new party launched its election campaign this afternoon.
Paul Murphy says the media doesn't realise how politicised the public has now become: