Election 2020: Party leaders debate ‘the election of change’

Varadkar and Martin focus on Sinn Féin’s suitability to be a party of government

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar during the final TV leaders’ debate at the RTÉ studios in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar during the final TV leaders’ debate at the RTÉ studios in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin’s suitability to be a party of government was one of the dominant themes of the final TV debate between the main party leaders, with questions raised about the party’s economic policies and its paramilitary associations.

Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and his Fianna Fáil counterpart, Micheál Martin, focused on potential weaknesses in Sinn Féin’s appeal to voters during the second leaders’ debate of the campaign on RTÉ on Tuesday evening, which was moderated by Miriam O’Callaghan and David McCullagh.

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