Fine Gael have said, despite what the Government says, Ireland is now in the grip of a "double dip" recession.
The latest CSO figures show the economy contracted by 1.2% in the second quarter of this year.
The first three months of 2010 had seen the country technially emerge from recession.
Both the Taoiseach Brian Cowen and the Finance Minister Brian Lenihan have denied that Ireland is slipping back into it.
However, Fine Gael's Deputy Leader Dr James Reilly strongly disagrees.
Mr Reilly said: "We are seriously in the double-dip range now. This Government is not doing the business, they are not helping the people, not getting the cashflow into business and not helping the unemployed.
"They need to go."