Crime dominates the conversation in day ten of the election campaign

Last night's debate was also a primary issue

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Crime and the fallout from last night's first debate has dominated day 10 of the election campaign.

Angry anti austerity protesters confronted Enda Kenny in Cork, and voters too in the English market were concerned about health. One of the protestors present spoke of their fear that the hospitals are being deliberately run down so they might become privatized.

Fine Gael was talking justice today - more Gardaí, more resources, tougher sentences, and Enda Kenny welcomed the decision of former Anglo boss David Drumm to drop his fight against extradition from the United States, stating: "I'm glad, and I expect that there will be a very major trial for Mr Drumm when he returns to Ireland."

Also in Cork today to talk about Health was Joan Burton - she wants a Cabinet Minister for primary care and says free GP care for all is achievable, and she reflected on last night's debate: "My vision for the future of Ireland is one of hope and optimism. And I thought that was a very clear dividing line between the government sides and the other sides."

In Donegal, the Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin says threats made to journalists by gangland criminals is an attack on us all: "It underlines the need of absolute resolve - to resort on the Garda Siochana adquately, to resource our court system."

Also today the Greens launched their Manifesto including referendums on housing and water, the Independents Alliance outlined why they should be considered for Government, and Sinn Féin pledged that they could create 250,000 jobs.

Reporting by political correspondent Páraic Gallagher

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