The Week that was
Published 27/02/2016 | 02:30
A look back at the week's events.
Sinn Féin has pitched Gerry Adams as Taoiseach in a coalition to be headed up by anti-water charges parties. The proposed coalition could also result in Mr Adams leading a bigger block than Fianna Fáil.
Jobs will be lost if the result of the General Election leads to "political instability" or gives a greater sway to fringe elements, the country's top business leaders have warned in a letter to the Irish Independent. Executives working with a range of national and international companies have joined forces to ask voters to look at the global economic situation.
The unemployment rate is at its lowest level since the start of the financial crash, as the number of people working edges close to two million. Experts say the unemployment rate will drop again from 8.6pc to below 8pc by the end of this year. Finance Minister Michael Noonan, said there were 142,000 new jobs "since the trough of the crisis".
Leo Varadkar has dismissed the prospect of a "grand coalition" plan between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. The Health Minister said that such a scenario would be a "nightmare that couldn't last".
British Prime Minister David Cameron has given his backing to Enda Kenny in the General Election. In an a surprise intervention, he wished him luck and thanked him for his support in the EU on the Brexit negotiations.