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Sunday 21 January 2018

Party bosses in war of words as finish line nears

FIANNA Fail and Fine Gael were throwing final insults today as the clock ticked down to polling day.

Fine Gael's Leo Varadkar accused Micheal Martin of "peddling untruths" while Fianna Fail's Thomas Byrne said Enda Kenny had been "reduced to parroting a script".

Mr Kenny struggled to explain how his party would protect frontline services while seeking 30,000 voluntary redundancies in the public sector, leading Mr Byrne to say the Fine Gael leader "couldn't answer basic questions".

But Fine Gael were equally critical of Micheal Martin with Mr Varadkar accusing him of "peddling untruths about Fine Gael policies in the dying hours of the campaign, in order to divert attention from his own appalling record of 14 years in Government".

In his final attempt to snare voters, Labour's Eamon Gilmore accused the other two main parties of indulging in "economic machismo".

The three leaders were returning to their home constituencies today in Mayo, Cork and Dublin.

Fine Gael also unveiled a plan for its first 100 days of office which includes a ban on newly appointed ministers taking part in constituency work.

But Fianna Fail's Averil Power said that 100 day plan was "a gimmick" that exposed FG's "lack of political reform".

Mr Gilmore asked people to think about the consequences of a single-party government.

"There are those who don't believe that a monopoly of power should be given to one political party. There is only one way to avoid that and that is by voting Labour," he said.

Voting takes place between 7am and 10pm tomorrow.

kdoyle@herald.ie

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