The Social Democrats Leader resigns from party. Stephen Donnelly one of the three leaders of the Social Democrats has left the his position of co-leader of the Social Democrats, a party set up by leading independent TDs before the last general election. Roisin Shorthal and Catherine Murphy remain as co-leaders and as of yet the party has no plans to vote in a single leader, but as a third of their TD's leave the party the position may become available.
RTÉ's General Election Televised will air tonight live from Limerick, the first time a leaders debate has been held outside of the Capital City. The second debate of the election with just 1 more to follow. The next will be on RTÉ One live from Dublin, as the proposed TG4 debate has been called off. Seven parties are due to debate, with The Green Party excluded following a short legal battle earlier today. The parties will debate their policies for the next 5 years and in some cases beyond. Labour just launched its manifesto, and the current polls show Fine Gael at 28%, Labour at 8%, Fianna Fail at 18%, Sinn Fein at 20%, Social Democrats on 4%, AAA-PBP 3%, The Green Party at 2%, Renua at 1% and Independents at 16%.