Stephen Collins: Gloves come off between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil

Varadkar and Martin clearly dislike each other and their duel is likely to decide next election

The Dáil exchanges between Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin over the past few weeks have, at times, bordered on the hostile. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Dáil exchanges between Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin over the past few weeks have, at times, bordered on the hostile. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The budget may have passed with the minimum of fuss but there is no disguising a souring in the political atmosphere between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil since Leo Varadkar succeeded Enda Kenny as Taoiseach back in June.

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