Campaigning continues in the General Election with both Fianna Fáil and Labour launching their party manifestoes and Fine Gael focusing on mental health issues.

The Fine Gael leader, Enda Kenny, has said that his party in Government would grow the mental health current budget by €251m a year over the lifetime of the Government.

Speaking at a press conference on the issue of mental health, Mr Kenny also promised that Fine Gael would double the budget for suicide prevention from €5m to €10m, and would increase it to €20m by year five.

The party has also pledged to address what it calls the crisis in the child and adolescent psychiatric services.

Mr Kenny said the 'sorry we're closed' attitude towards access to 24-hour mental services would be a thing of the past.

Sinn Féin this morning launched its Dublin election campaign.

The party also unveiled ten proposals for the capital, which include creating a 1916 cultural quarter around the GPO in advance of the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising.

The Labour Party launched its manifesto, The Fair Society, aimed at maintaining sound public finances with an agenda for tax justice.

Labour said it would increase the home carers' credit from €770 to €1,760 per annum. It also committed increasing by €5,000 the level at which one income families hit the higher tax rate.

The party is also proposing to establish a commission on taxation to keep the tax code under review on an on-going basis.

Leader Pat Rabbitte said the current spending level of 13% needs to be managed down and the figure of 8% was achievable. He said the proposals were sensible, prudent, targeted and affordable.

The Progressive Democrats are today publishing a jobs policy document and the Greens will be talking about cutting CO2 emissions.

Fianna Fáil earlier proposed major stamp duty changes in its manifesto, which was launched this morning.

Fianna Fáil announces stamp duty proposals

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