James Heffernan, the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD and former Labour Leader Dick Spring strike a blow in Limerick.
Over the campaign we will bring you reports from Eamon's Leader's tour, today the team were in Limerick:
The Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore and Jan O'Sullivan TD were met in Limerick Citytoday by the largest crowd of journalists the General Election campaign has seen so far. As they made their way into the centre of town they were greeted by shouts of "Gilmore for Taoiseach" from passers by.
The campaign teams in Limerick have clearly been busy, as posters for Jan and fellow candidate Cllr Joe Leddin were hanging from every lamppost.
After a successful walkabout Eamon made his way to Newcastle West in Limerick Constituency, where the canvass with Cllr James Heffernan was boosted by a visit from neighbouring candidate Cllr Arthur Spring, and former Tánaiste Dick Spring.
"Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are committed to the budget plans in the IMF/EU deal, which pose an excessive risk to Ireland's chance of recovery. They are comfortable with the Celtic Tory Consensus that embraces austerity, at any price.
Labour is clear on the need to bring down the deficit, but the Irish economy needs surgery, not butchery. What Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil want to do is high risk and could kill the patient."
The Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD launching Labour's national election campaign with (left to right) Cllr Maria Parodi, Cllr Aidan Culhane, Cllr Ciara Conway, Cllr Des Hurley, Cllr Tom Fortune and Cllr Michael Conaghan.
"This election is a three way contest, between Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour. Fianna Fáil, who have failed out country. Fine Gael, who have learned nothing from those mistakes. And Labour, the party that has always stood for progressive change in Ireland." With these words Éamon Gilmore, speaking in the Guinness Storehouse, launched Labour's campaign in the most important Irish general election for ninety years.
I welcome the fact that at long last the people of Ireland will have their say in a General Election which is long overdue. The Taoiseach has announced his retirement from politics and I want to wish him and his family the very best for the future. He and I have clashed in robust debate. He has always stood by his position and I have stood by mine and now our parties will put our case to the verdict of the people.
We have just over 3 weeks to decide the future of our country.
From this point on, the future of Ireland lies in the hands of its people.
Alan Kelly MEP and the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD at the launch of Labour's Plan for Digital Ireland
"We are looking at specific plans we have for delivering growth by developing our broadband infrastructure, the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore said today launching Labour's Plan for Digital Ireland.
"Next-generation broadband is an essential component of our economic recovery. The availability of high speed broadband is crucial for business and job creation, as well as being key to attracting outside investment."
The failure of Fianna Fáil Governments over the past decade to roll out adequate connectivity has left Ireland languishing well behind our international competitors in the broadband stakes:
Ireland currently ranks 22nd out of 30 countries in the OECD for Broadband access.
Ireland's 16-24 year olds rank 26th out of 27 in the EU for regular use of the Internet.
"We have had I think a lot of despondency over the past period of time with the recession, with the way in which the country has been run and I think it's time to move on and to solve the problems that we have. The Labour Party has a vision for this country.
Speaking during what he described as an 'unusual Order of Business' in the Dáil the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore added 'it will bring to an end a dysfunctional and now diminished Government by the end of this week'.
"It sets a timeframe for the holding of a general election, which people all over the country are anxious to have, and which will enable them to make decisions about the future leadership of this country.
"It brings to an end a period of uncertainty and instability for our country and provides an opportunity for the country and its people to make a fresh start and move on from the recession and the political chaos that we have seen in recent times."
Deputy Sean Sherlock, Cork East with the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD.
"When the Labour Party tabled its motion of no-confidence in the government on January 14th we made it clear we were doing so because of attempts by the government parties to renege on commitments given in November that a the Dail would be dissolved and a general election called by the end of January.
On Sunday I said that we would be willing to defer the motion of no-confidence provided that the government was willing to give a commitment that all stages of the Finance Bill would be taken by the end of the week. Earlier today, Joan Burton published a timetable showing how this could be done.
Eamon talking to reporters at today's press conference
The Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD this afternoon repeated his statement of this morning when he said the Labour Party would not proceed with our motion of no-confidence in the Government provided there is an unequivocal commitment that the Finance Bill would be enacted and the Dail dissolved by Friday.
Eamon said 'that offer still stands' rejecting Cowen's claim that it is impossible to complete all stages of the Bill before Friday.
"People at home and abroad have looked on in astonishment as this shambles of a government has disintegrated over the past week. This situation cannot be allowed to continue. We need certainty. The people need leadership and they need hope."