The Anti-Austerity Alliance launched its general election campaign with a rally in the Gresham Hotel, Dublin, this evening.

The rally was addressed by TDs Paul Murphy and Ruth Coppinger.

"The Government are attempting to tell us that this election is about 'securing the recovery', but for hundreds of thousands of people there is no recovery - there is only the continued horror of the housing crisis," Ms Coppinger said.

"We have seen the stress, the poor health, the fear created by rocketing rents and the housing emergency.

"The housing crisis sums up what will be a hallmark of the Anti-Austerity Alliance's campaign - 'there is no recovery for ordinary people now - and there won't be unless we fight'," added Ms Coppinger.

Meanwhile, Paul Murphy criticised the Labour Party in his address. 

"People see that Labour are not the party of Connolly and Larkin but a party of the establishment.

"They have the experience of the last five years, with the largest number of Labour Party TDs ever in Government, they implemented a massive transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich and delivered five regressive budgets," said Mr Murphy.