Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney have been warned not to be populist in their efforts to get elected.
The two men who want to take over from Enda Kenny as Fine Gael leader went head to head in a debate last night.
They’ll repeat the performance three more times over the weekend in Cork, Galway and Carlow before a vote is taken.
The latest Irish Times opinion poll shows Coveney is the public’s preferred candidate, while Varadkar is the favourite among Government Ministers.
But Fine Gael Senator Jerry Buttimer says they need to be careful when trying to win votes.