Dragon to moderate hustings between leadership hopefuls
'Dragons' Den' investor Gavin Duffy will moderate the Fine Gael leadership hustings between Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney.
The nationwide debates get under way in Dublin tonight before moving to Carlow, Ballinasloe and Cork.
Mr Duffy said he would act as "an independent, objective moderator".
"I can honestly say the party is fielding two excellent candidates. My role is, through the questions submitted by members, to help inform the electorate for the next leader of Fine Gael of the vision, policies and priorities of each candidate," he said. The hustings are for Fine Gael members but will be streamed live on Facebook.
Both candidates will deliver a 10-minute opening speech before a question and answer session.
Voting will take place from Monday to Friday next week, before the winner is announced.