Taoiseach promising a lot more passion in final week of election campaign

Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald is accusing the Government parties of using scare tactics

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The Taoiseach is promising a lot more passion in the race for Leinster House this week - adding he has a lot more of it to give.

Enda Kenny earlier addressed a rally of supporters in his home town of Castlebar.

He says Micheál Martin does not deserve to be back in government - and he will remind the Fianna Fáil leader of that when he sees him on Tuesday night for a third leaders' debate.

The Taoiseach says he will step up the campaign in the coming days, suggesting people can expect "to feel the hairs tingling at the backs of their necks about what politics really is - and politics is about people":

Meanwhile, Sinn Féin is accusing the Government parties of using scare tactics in the campaign.

Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald says that Fine Gael and Labour are scaring people into voting them back into government.

Sinn Féin - which is part of the Right2Change movement that organised today's major pre-election protest in Dublin - says the recovery so far has only been of benefit to the rich in society.

Mary Lou McDonald says a fairer society "that is decent and delivers public services" is possible if people do not give their support for the current Coalition partners: