Election 2020: Varadkar and Martin – a contrast on the canvass

Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin's differing personalities and styles show up when they go out to meet the people but, at core, each is an astute constituency politician.

26th January, 2020
Election 2020: Varadkar and Martin – a contrast on the canvass
Micheál Martin, leader of Fianna Fáil canvassing with councillor Joe Flaherty (left) in Longford. Picture: Barry Cronin

Advice from Leo Varadkar’s partner helped him during one of the stand-out moments of his first head-to-head battle with Micheál Martin.

The Virgin Media One debate host Pat Kenny put it to Varadkar that he lacked empathy and understanding, which had been a regular criticism in the run up to this general election campaign.

But Varadkar had his answer ready because of something his partner Matt Barrett had said to him.

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