It was the final duel - but will it have swayed any voters?
Part three in the series of leaders' debates - would it be a barnstorming piece of heavyweight political theatre, or an underwhelming squabble?
As Joan Burton, Gerry Adams, Micheal Martin and Enda Kenny took to the stage Twitter users to give their assessment.
Here's the tweets that sum up how the public reacted to tonight's leaders' debate.
Early on a trend began to emerge
New time, same debate
Gerry Adams questioned moderator Miriam O’Callaghan on her salary, and then when Enda Kenny said Adams would defend “Senator Cahill” Adams asked: “Who is Senator Cahill?”
Gerry is bombing out there. #leadersdebate— Colm Tobin (@colmtobin) February 23, 2016
Enda’s tie was looking familiar...
It was as tetchy on Twitter as in the studio...
There’s been a growing sense of this as a pretty uninspiring campaign. Ad the debate wasn’t exactly getting the blood up either
The confused cacophony of combating voices was suddenly split by the newest national obsession - The Creak in the studio...
Really, RTE this is a matter of national importance. We can't let the creaking be the top trend on twitter. #leadersdebate— Jonathan Healy (@jonathanhealy) February 23, 2016
The source of the creak has been identified. pic.twitter.com/eLHPYLfUK9— Colm Tobin (@colmtobin) February 23, 2016
Catching the #leadersdebate from Dubai, where it's 2.25am. The fact that people are talking more about creaking than policies says it all— Niall McGarry (@MrNiallMcGarry) February 23, 2016
It was a stronger performance from Joan Burton, but was it enough?
Homelessness was again a central point
Shameful...a good word to describe homelessness in an economy so-called recovering #GE16— Tom Lyons (@TomLyonsBiz) February 23, 2016
But viewers remained a bit unmoved by it all
This does absolutely nothing to convince me that I'm not going to be rented accommodation for the rest of my life #leadersdebate— Karin Carthy (@KarinCarthy) February 23, 2016
Cronyism came up and everyone behind a podium squirmed
"You out-Bertied Bertie" quote of the night from Miriam O'Callaghan to Enda @RTE_PrimeTime
#leadersdebate Miriam mentions climate change, and suddenly they all go quiet...— Abie Philbin Bowman (@AbiePB) February 23, 2016
One topic was notably absent
And did anyone feel they had been informed, entertained or swayed? Judging by the Twitter reaction at least, it didn't seem so...
No winners from tonight’s #leadersdebate. Only losers. Including the poor eejits like us who watched.— Andy McGeady (@andymcgeady) February 23, 2016