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Mary Lou McDonald was ‘falsely accused’ of pulling out. Picture: Collins

Mary Lou McDonald was ‘falsely accused’ of pulling out. Picture: Collins

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

Mary Lou McDonald was ‘falsely accused’ of pulling out. Picture: Collins

A bizarre row has broke out between Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin over a planned leaders' debate on radio station Today FM.

The debate was to include Leo Varadkar, Micheál Martin and Mary Lou McDonald - but the Taoiseach was unavailable.

Fianna Fáil claimed that Mr Martin offered to go head-to-head with Ms McDonald and that she pulled out. Deputy leader Dara Calleary claimed Sinn Féin was "far more interested" in complaining about not being in debates.

Sinn Féin's Pearse Doherty claimed Fianna Fáil "falsely accused" Ms McDonald of pulling out, saying she was the first to indicate she would be there. He claimed the other parties got in touch with Today FM on the debate, the broadcaster "let it go at that stage".

Irish Independent