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Two general election candidates have gone head-to-head in the final hours of the election campaign. Health Minister Leo Varadkar and the Sinn Féin deputy president Mary Lou McDonald bouted on everything from legacy issues to Irish Water on the Pat Kenny Show here on Newstalk. Referring to an anti-water charge protest last weekend, Ms McDonald said: "I was there, I was on the streets and I'll tell you this much: it was a huge, huge number of people".
In the final hours before the media moratorium is set in place, the leaders of the political parties are making their final parting shots before the voting is set to take place in two days time. The Fianna Fail Leader is refusing to rule in or out a four-way arrangement to form the next Government. One scenario being suggested is an administration comprising of Fine Gael, Fianna Fail Renua and the Social Democrats.
Ryanair and its chief executive Michael O'Leary have publically called on voters in the UK to avoid a Brexit when the country takes to the polls for June's in/out referendum on EU membership. The airline, which is the UK's largest, says that it will "actively campaign for a ‘Yes’ vote." Ryanair carries over 35 million customers between the UK and Europe each year - it uses the deregulation of the airline industry as an example of Europe working effectively.
Just like the first time the Jose Aldo fight was due to happen, Conor McGregor will have to refocus on a new opponent. With UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos injured, the Dubliner will now have to prepare for a fight with Nate Diaz at UFC 196 on March 5th on 11 days notice for both men. MMA journalist Ariel Helwani joined us on Off The Ball to share his assessment of the new development.
A former government minister under Thatcher’s government, Lord Nigel Lawson has said that the Republic of Ireland could ask to once again join the United Kingdom while speaking at a debate on the forthcoming referendum on whether or not the UK should remain in the European Union. Lawson, father of celebrity cook Nigella Lawson and chairman of the Vote Leave campaign group, also said “it would be great” if the Irish free state realised it had “made a mistake” in getting independence from Britain in 1922.