Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has welcomed an invitation from RTÉ to participate in a Prime Time Leaders’ Debate with Taoiseach Enda Kenny on his proposed abolition of the Seanad, scheduled to take place on October 1st.
Deputy Martin commented, “RTÉ’s decision to host a debate between the Taoiseach and I on this hugely important range of changes to Bunreacht na hÉireann is a welcome development. For our part, Fianna Fáil has confirmed our willingness to be part of the debate and I remain hopeful that the Taoiseach may yet realise the importance of a proper public discussion of his proposals.
“The only reason for refusal that the Taoiseach has given to date is his fear of causing me embarrassment. While that may well be the outcome of the debate, it is no reason to avoid having one in the first place. The proposal to centralise Government power even further and halve Oireachtas debate is the Taoiseach’s personal crusade. I, and an increasing number of voters believe that having decided to spend at least €14 million in forcing such a referendum on the people, the very least we should expect from the Taoiseach is the chance to hear him make the case in open debate.”