Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar
There were some sharp exhanges at last night's Fine Gael leadership election hustings in Ballinasloe between Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney.
Leo Varadkar has vowed to prioritise the upgrade of the N4 and N5 and improve the ‘inadequate’ ambulance service in the west of Ireland if he becomes taoiseach.
Simon Coveney, also vowed Connacht would thrive with him at the helm.
Up to 800 party members attended round three of the Fine Gael leadership hustings in the Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe last night.
Ambulance response times in the region are among the worst in Ireland and Minister Varadkar claimed he would address this.
Coveney made less promises on the night, emphasising that he’d invest in a long-term ‘2040’ plan that would, nevertheless, bring benefits to the west.
Simon Coveney, now the Housing Minister, defended his role as Agriculture Minister during the last Dáil term.
The voting begins on Monday and concludes on Friday.