The first of two instalments of head to head debates in the Republic’s election is on RTE Prime Time tonight. Tonight the smaller party leaders do battle: The Greens, The Labour Party, The Progressive Democrats and Sinn Fein. Whereas in Northern Ireland, election time is generally good for spreading attention around the smaller parties, in the Republic the dramatisation of the battle between the big two (they are on tomorrow night) often means that the little four have to scrabble for what public mind share they can. Tonight may not win them any more voters, but some may just be hoping it doesn’t lose them any either. Live here.