Fianna Fáil has responded to the Taoiseach’s refusal to participate in an RTE debate on the Seanad referendum with the Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin.
A Fianna Fáil spokesperson commented, “We’re deeply disappointed that the Taoiseach has decided not to engage in a proper debate about this fundamental change to the country’s constitution. The proposal to shut the Seanad is dramatically reducing the space for democratic debate in our country and removing key constitutional protections. The very least people could have expected was that the Taoiseach would have the courage of his convictions and would seek to discuss and debate what is his personal initiative.
“The timing of the announcement, delayed for ten days until All-Ireland weekend, also smacks of the cynicism and dishonesty that have been the hallmarks of Fine Gael’s entire election campaign.”