Gang violence a 'direct threat to the State' - Micheál Martin

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said the lack of Garda resources is a problem and that gardaí are telling him on the doorsteps that morale is very low.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mr Martin said that the latest gang-related violence was a "direct threat to the State and a direct threat to our society".

Earlier this morning, RTÉ's Justin McCarthy reported from Mr Martin's campaign trail.

Gardaí 'under-resourced' to tackle gang crime

The President of the Garda Representative Association has said the association is sending a clear and unambiguous message that there are not enough resources to tackle gang-related crime.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Dermot O'Brien said that additional resources and extra training for his members are urgently needed.

Mr O'Brien said: "The GRA are stating clearly and unambiguously this morning that we don't have the resources and we're seeking immediately for the introduction of the RSU in the Dublin metropolitan region."

Social Democrats vow to scrap water charges

The joint-leader of the Social Democrats has said the party is concentrating on "putting money back in people's pockets" by reducing the cost of living. 

Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Sean O'Rourke, Róisín Shortall also said the party plans to eliminate water charges which she said would not cost anything because it is costing more to collect water rates than is currently being paid by households.

Next government needs housing 'action plan'

An economist with property website Daft has said it is incumbent on the next government to listen to the National Competitiveness Council - which will be benchmarking construction costs - and come up with an action plan.

Speaking on Morning Ireland, Ronan Lyons said housing supply is the worst on record for the past ten years and we are in "unchartered territory".

He added: "We need to look at how expensive is it to build relative to our own incomes."

Unemployment a big issue in rural Ireland

Cian McCormack reports for Morning Ireland from Roscrea in Co Tipperary, where employment and the recession are big issues for voters ahead of the General Election.

Election Mood: Views from Roscommon

Drivetime's Mary Wilson speaks to Roscommon Herald Editor Christine McHugh, and members of the public, about what issues matter most to voters in the Roscommon area.