TV3 to host first party leaders’ debate on Thursday
Four-way contest between Fine Gael, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil and Labour
Pat Kenny will moderate the debate with fellow broadcaster Colette Fitzpatrick. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times
The first debate among the leaders of the main political parties will take place on TV3 on Thursday.
TV3’s Vincent Browne has already said he will not be covering the general election because of health difficulties.
Andrew Hanlon, TV3’s director of news, said it “promises to be one of the big highlights and centre-pieces of the general election so far”.
Garrett Harte, editor in chief of Newstalk, said: “Leader’s debates can be pivotal events in the run up to polling day and I am looking forward to the formidable team of Pat and Colette probing the leader’s positions in a number of important issues.”
RTÉ’s Miriam O’Callaghan will then moderate another four-way debate in the final stages of the campaign. An Irish language debate is expected to take place on TG4.