Second weekend of General Election campaign gets underway

The political parties have been unveiling policies in areas such as community policing and the agri-food sector

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It's the second weekend of the General Election campaign and the political parties are continuing their canvassing campaigns around the country.

This morning Labour published plans for community policing, while Joan Burton is canvassing locally in Blanchardstown.

Labour Senator Mairia Cahill has also outlined the party's proposals to tackle domestic violence.

Fine Gael has unveiled plans to develop the agri-food sector, while Sinn Féin is outlining what they propose to do for young people if they get into government.

Enda Kenny - Rivals cannot be trusted on economy

On the campaign trail in Carlow, Enda Kenny said Fianna Fáil cannot be trusted on the economy - and that Sinn Féin are even worse as their figures are unbelievable.

He has also highlighted the rise in Portugal's lending rates after what he described as a Government of "socialists and communists" was elected there.

The Taoiseach says the people need to bear this in mind when voting:

Speaking about the health service, the Taoiseach says talk of GP services being decimated around rural Ireland is "a lot of hype". 

Mr Kenny says he believes there isn't a lack of doctors in communities: 

The Taoiseach also dismissed the idea of launching personal attacks on his election rivals. "I've never been personal in my politics and I've no intention of being personal in my politics," he said.

Micheál Martin - Fianna Fáil will restore dignity to elderly

Fianna Fáil's Micheál Martin is canvassing in Sligo Town, Kinlough and Tubbercurry.

He says his party's policy for old age pensions is the best on offer to our ageing citizens. Fianna Fáil plans to increase the old-age pension by €30 per week if returned to Government.

Micheál Martin says they will return a sense of dignity for elderly citizens, who were robbed of it by Fine Gael and Labour.

Speaking in Sligo he said the treatment of the elderly by the current Government has been shameful:

A story in today's Irish Independent claims the Government parties are aiming to expose the Fianna Fáil leader's skeletons from his time as a government minister.

The paper says it is widely accepted that Micheál Martin came out on top as the best political performer this week.

Speaking in Sligo, Deputy Martin said his party's message is connecting and that has other parties worried, adding that Fianna Fáil is focused on bringing about a fairer society:

Martin also said he expects a more civil affair at Monday night's debate. He believes the public would be happier with "less unnecessary and banal interruptions" than the debate broadcast by Newstalk and TV3 on Thursday.

Right2Change set out principles

Meanwhile, the Right to Change Movement is holding its first national conference in Dublin today.

The group says it aims to be the glue that binds the Left together

Right2Change has set out 10 principles - and it is urging political parties and election candidates to sign up to and endorse the principles.

To date, 100 candidates have endorsed the principles, about half of which are running for Sinn Féin.

One of the the organisers, Brendan Ogle of the Unite trade union, says we're far away from fulfilling the vision of the 1916 proclamation signatories:

Deputy leader of Sinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald, says there's an appetite for change among voters:

The group was established by trade union groups as a broader movement for the election following the Right2Water campaign.

General Secretary of Mandate trade union, John Douglas, says people should vote for Right2Change candidates in the General Election to put forward one strong voice: