Friday 22 March 2019

Leo Varadkar dismisses Martin on TV debate

Leo Varadkar
Leo Varadkar

Paul Healy

MINISTER for Health Leo Varadkar says he doesn't see why the Taoiseach would want a televised debate with Micheál Martin, the leader of the "third party" in the country.

In an interview with RTE's 'Morning Ireland' yesterday, the Fianna Fáil leader again challenged the Taoiseach to a one-on-one TV debate.

Mr Martin said that he was "not optimistic" about the Taoiseach accepting his challenge but stated that he stood ready to meet him in open debate at any time.

Mr Varadkar said that Fianna Fáil was "a third party in the last general election, they will almost certainly be the third party in the next, so at the moment I don't see why Enda Kenny would go head to head with the leader of a third party."

However, Mr Varadkar did not rule out the possibility of a debate with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams - although he said any decision on that was "premature".

The Health Minister attended the launch of Lollipop Day, an event organised by the Oesophageal Cancer Fund (OCF) to raise awareness of the symptoms. The OCF is calling on the public to buy a lollipop for €2 and to be aware of the symptoms, which are sometimes mistaken for conditions like heartburn or acid reflux.

"Early detection in all cancers is vital," added Mr Varadkar.

Lollipop Day takes place this Friday and Saturday.

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