Fianna Fáil Leader Michéal Martin has today challenged the Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams to a head-to-head debate on the upcoming EU Fiscal Treaty Referendum.
Deputy Martin criticised Gerry Adams for not participating in a TV3 debate on the Treaty earlier this week.
The Cork South–Central TD said that it is vital political leaders on both sides of the campaign publicly debate the issues involved.
Deputy Martin said: "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."
Voters will go the polls in the referendum on May 31.