Leo dodges TV referendum debates: 'I'm doing loads'
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will not be taking part in any debates in the run-up to the referendum on the Eighth Amendment.
Following in the footsteps of his predecessor Enda Kenny, Mr Varadkar confirmed there were no plans for him to take part in any live TV or radio debates as the campaign heats up ahead of polling day on Friday, May 25.
He will do a number of broadcast interviews, local canvassing and events around the country, over the next week.
Appearing at a photo opportunity handing out leaflets to commuters in Dublin's city centre yesterday, Mr Varadkar said the referendum was not a test of his authority.
"It's not a vote on me, it's not a vote on the Government.
"It's a vote as to whether we trust the women of Ireland to make decisions about their own lives," he said.
While confident Irish people will vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment, he said if people vote to retain, there will be no second referendum on the issue during his tenure as Taoiseach.
Despite having no plans to participate in going head-to-head with campaigners from the No side, Mr Varadkar said he has been canvassing when his schedule has allowed him to.
"I'm doing loads. I've a busy job, there's lots of other things on the agenda," he said.
"I'm out campaigning nearly every other day, any time I can find time in between my other duties as Taoiseach."
He said he delivered on his commitment to hold the referendum within a year, which many believed would not happen.