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Round 2? Unclear if Martin will debate Bruton again on Vincent Browne tonight

Vincent is really looking forward to it either way…

Vincent Browne is looking forward to tonight. Are you?
Vincent Browne is looking forward to tonight. Are you?
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IT IS UNCLEAR this morning if the Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin will debate the Fine Gael director of elections Richard Bruton for the second time in 24 hours on TV3 tonight.

Last week, Martin agreed to appear on a Seanad referendum debate special hosted by Vincent Browne in the hope that the Taoiseach might also agree to the one-on-one debate.

But with Enda Kenny declining to do any TV debates during the referendum it has been left to Jobs Minister Bruton to front the government’s campaign.

Bruton agreed to the TV3 debate yesterday but the debate’s producers are now contemplating a different format , involving as many as four people leaving Martin to consider his options.

Fianna Fáil’s position last night was that it would wait until the Prime Time debate on RTÉ took place before making any definitive decision on whether to also appear on TV3 tonight.

The debate special gets under way from 10.05pm tonight followed by the usual VinB affair at 11pm where there will no doubt be debate about the debate.

Read: Here’s what happened in last night’s Seanad debate on Prime Time >

Read: Everything you need to know about the Seanad referendum but were afraid to ask

Previously: Martin says he’s turning up for Seanad TV debate… but no one knows if the Taoiseach will

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