Fianna Fáil has said cracks will appear in the alternative government and its policies between now and the general election.
The party is highlighting what it is calling 23 'splits' between Fine Gael and Labour on policy during the last Dáil term.
Minister for Defence Willie O'Dea claims Fine Gael and the Greens clashed 14 times on separate issues since Christmas.
Speaking today, Minister for Social Affairs Seamus Brennan says the next year will be telling
“The general election is less than a year away. I think the alternative government's policies and approach will come under increased scrutiny and that scrutiny will show that there's many, many divisions within the alternative government,” the minister said today.
“One thing we'll be saying to the Irish people as the election approaches is that were they to form a government they would find it increasingly difficult to hold it together,” he added.
Labour's Ruairí Quinn has rubbished allegations of discord between the parties:
He said today: “I think Willie O'Dea should stick to the things that he knows something about, and that's not very much.”