Stephen Collins: Varadkar and Martin’s jobs are both on the line

SF-leaning wing of FF may get rid of Martin, while threats loom for Taoiseach

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: party members could turn on him and back Simon Coveney as leader. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: party members could turn on him and back Simon Coveney as leader. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin are not just competing with each other for the Taoiseach’s office in this election campaign. They are both fighting for their political lives as the outcome will determine whether they can survive as leaders of their respective parties.

Martin took a courageous risk in Wednesday night’s televised leader’s debate by declaring that he would not go into coalition with Sinn Féin as it was a “moral question” of agreeing to share power with a party which continues to justify the murderous campaign of the Provisional IRA.

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