RTE Leaders Debate Live Blog…

RTE Frontline tonight accommodates the first full leaders debate at 9.35 GMT. All five main party leaders will appear tonight in the one show. Four years ago, when there were six main parties, it was split into a major and minor debate.

So who will corpse first? Enda or Gerry? Both are perceived to be the weakest links in this debate. But there is no Michael McDowell this time, will anyone take the trouble to take Gerry on?

Enda is likely to the main target for both Micheal Martin and Eamon Gilmore whose parties continue to suffer in the polls leaving Fine Gael to take a comfortable lead.

We’ll keep it open for the apres match coverage on Late Debate (on RTE Radio One), the Eleventh Hour (RTE Live) and/or Vincent Browne

It is the first of two live blogs this week. The second will be on Thursday, when Slugger should have exclusive coverage of the RICS Leader’s Debate on the Economy (for Northern Ireland).

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