Taoiseach Enda Kenny says he would be happy to debate with the leaders of the Opposition in the run-up to the next General Election.
Fianna Fáil leader Micháel Martin has challenged the Taoiseach to a debate following reports that Fine Gael want to keep Mr Kenny out of the media during the campaign.
However, the Taoiseach said he will engage with opposition leaders ahead of the election.
He said: "I will be very happy to engage with the leaders of the Opposition and all those who aspire to be leaders, of course, and we will work out the details of those in due course.
The Taoiseach also said the Government is not going to "blow" Ireland’s economic recovery.
It comes after an OECD report this morning suggested that more needs to be done despite a "robust" recovery here.
Mr Kenny said that the Government would not blow the recovery in a give-away budget, and said the Opposition is always good at making money disappear, but is unable to bring it back.
He said: "Those on the Opposition benches , and there are many different variations of opposition, they really do excel at being political magicians.
"They are able to make money disappear, but not to bring it back again. So let me assure you that we are not going to blow the recovery here.