DUBLIN – TV debate

Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin have faced off as part of the first 2020 Irish general election debate, with issues ranging from housing, health, crime, and Brexit dominating.

The leaders were also pressed on their intentions to form coalitions as part of any new government.

Varadkar said he would be prepared to partner up with Labour or the Green Party, but
was also open to the idea of making an agreement with Fianna Fáil in order to form a government. However, Varadkar distanced himself from the republican Sinn Féin, saying they are not a “normal party.”

With this last point, Martin was in agreement, saying that Fianna Fáil would “not be going into government with Sinn Féin.”

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