The Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has repeated his invitation to the Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams for a head to head debate on the Stability Treaty.  
 
Deputy Martin commented, “It is quite clear that Gerry Adams is not serious about debating the real issues in this Treaty directly with the Yes side.  After refusing my invitation for a head to head debate last weekend, Deputy Adams issued an invitation to the Taoiseach that he knew was unlikely to be accepted.
 
“If Mr Adams is really willing to defend his position on this Treaty, he would welcome an opportunity for a head to head debate with the opposing side.  As party leaders, we have a duty to answer questions about the position we have taken on this Treaty and to be open and honest about what a Yes vote and a No vote means for Ireland.
 
“Sinn Féin has accused the Taoiseach of “running scared” from a head to head debate.  They have said that the Fine Gael Leader has a duty and a responsibility to “step up to the mark” and debate the contents of this Treaty. We agree. The same rules must apply to Gerry Adams, and to the leaders of all political parties involved in the campaign.”