Did we learn anything new in the Leaders' Debate?

Not the big fight we were expecting...

Did we learn anything new in the Leaders' Debate?

Gerry Adams speaks to the press before the leaders debate Image: RollingNews.ie

The leaders of the four major political parties took part in the final debate of the election campaign this evening.

The leaders of Fine Gael, Labour, Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin are all took part in the live debate on RTE.

The debate began with each leader being challenged about their previous records in government on either side of the border.

Fine Gael's Enda Kenny said the coalition needed a second term to make sure that every citizen could feel the benefit of an improved economy:

The Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin said the government had presided over a series of major crises that only a new government could fix:

Sinn Féin's Gerry Adams said all the major problems now facing Ireland were the result of the three other people taking part:

The discussion swiftly moved to mental health where the leaders discussed what was included in their manifestos. Joan Burton discussed the fact that they would include a number of Primary Care centres for mental health.

In terms of taxation, the issue of USC was raised by presenter Miriam O'Callaghan, who asked why they decided to reverse their policy. Burton pointed to her party's policy of fair reform.

Labour leader Joan Burton said the economy inherited from the previous government meant some pre-election promises had to be broken:

However later in the debate the Taoiseach was put under pressure on Fine Gael's tax plans, which moderator Miriam O'Callaghan said would give greater benefits to higher earners:

They then discussed the issue of housing, which covered the areas of homelessness and the fact that first time buyers are finding it difficult to buy their first home.

The debate moved on to the discussion of appointments to boards which was answered by both Joan Burton and Enda Kenny, Joan particularly claiming that she followed regulations in relation to appointments.

The final question, surprisingly, for the Debate was the topic of Climate Change, an issue that Joan Burton claimed that the Labour party were the first to release legislation on. Miriam questioned whether we could increase our dairy industry while simultaneously keeping our carbon emissions down.

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