Labour election manifesto launched ahead of second televised leaders' debate

Minister Brendan Howlin says his party is under attack for standing up during the country's time of need.

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It is day 13 of Election 2016 and all eyes will be on the University of Limerick tonight where the second television debate will take place.

A number of policy documents are being published by the parties throughout the day.

This morning Labour ministers and TDs have been launching their election manifesto, with the party saying they are 'standing up for Ireland's future'.

In the manifesto, the party has reiterated its intention to abolish the Universal Social Charge (USC) on the first €72,000 of income, as well as increasing the minimum wage and raising it to a living wage of €11.30 per hour.

They are also pledging PRSI reforms for those on low incomes.

The party is promising to hold a referendum to remove the 8th Amendment of the Constitution, and to double the number of multi-denominational schools by 2021. They are also pledging free GP care for all by the same year.

The party says that their plans are a radical programme for continued recovery.

Minister Brendan Howlin says that they have come under attack for getting the country back on track:

The full manifesto can be found here.

Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is canvassing in Tralee before moving to Limerick.

His party will also publish a policy document on mortgages.

Enda Kenny and Leo Varadkar are unveiling Fine Gael's health strategy in the capital, while Sinn Féin is set to launch a billboard campaign criticising Labour promises made in 2011.

Elsewhere, the Social Democrats have published their policy on community banking.

Seven party leaders - including Richard Boyd Barrett as representative for the Anti Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit and Social Democrats joint-leader Stephen Donnelly - will then participate in tonight's leaders' debate, which will be broadcast on RTÉ television from 9.35pm. 

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