Fianna Fáil Leader, Micheál Martin TD, has challenged Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams to a head-to-head debate on the upcoming Stability Treaty referendum.

He made the offer following the Sinn Féin deputy’s refusal to participate in the recent TV3 Stability Treaty debate and his virtual absence from the campaign to date.

Deputy Martin commented: “The Stability Treaty referendum is an extremely important one for the future of the country.  People need to fully understand the position of each side of the debate before deciding how to vote.

As Leader of Fianna Fáil, I am willing to debate the reasons why people should vote yes and what this would mean for Ireland.  As President of the leading party advocating a no vote, Gerry Adams should be willing to debate and outline what he believes a no vote would mean for Ireland.

“In my party’s view, there is a fundamental dishonesty at the heart of Sinn Féin’s analysis. Their claim that Ireland can veto the ESM and Europe would respond to a rejection of the treaty with more money at better interest rates is completely untrue and inaccurate, I would like to tackle this head on with their party President.

“Those who have the privilege of leading a political party have an obligation to promote and defend their party policy. I am hopeful that Deputy Adams will step up to the mark and agree to a one-to-one debate.”