'Arrogant and out of touch' - Micheal Martin slams Government as he claims Fianna fail will 'do well' at polls
FIANNA Fail leader Micheal Martin responded to the calling of the election with an attack on the coalition, claiming they have become "arrogant and out of touch".
Meanwhile, asked about any risk to his leadership if his party have a bad day at the polls Mr Martin said: "I'm not looking at that prospect at all. We will do well in this election."
Speaking from his party's election headquarters on Dublin's Mount Street he argued that the government has allowed "deep crises" to develop under its watch.
"In three weeks time the Irish people will face a fundamental choice about the future of our country - will we move forward together or will we become a more unfair and divided country," Mr Martin said.
"Today the government is engaging in its usual spin while once again showing how arrogant and out of touch they have become.
"Never before have we had a government so obsessed with permanent campaigning. "They have always put politics first and this has caused immense damage because while the government is focuses on telling tales it has allowed deep crises to develop across a range of vital national issues," he said.
He listed housing, healthcare, burglaries, serious drug use and special education provision as areas that such crises have arisen.
He said Fianna Fáil is running 70 candidates around the country.
Asked if there was a risk to his leadership if less than half that number are elected he replied: "I'm not looking at that prospect at all. We will do well in this election. We have a very competitive team in each constituency."