This evening Fine Gael has been briefing that Enda Kenny will be selective about which debates he will participate in.  He has also refused to participate in the normal RTE Six One interview and he limited press questions at Fine Gael’s press conference.  Clearly Fine Gael wants to limit his exposure to legitimate questions and intend trying to manipulate media coverage.

It is the duty of every democratic leader to participate in proper election debates to defend their record and explain their policies.  For 5 years Enda Kenny and Fine Gael have manipulated the media by limiting his availability to questions and refusing every single debate challenge.

Fianna Fáil has already confirmed that our leader, Micheál Martin, will participate in two RTE debates, a debate on TG4 and a TV3 debate if this proceeds.  Today he answered every question raised during Fianna Fáil’s press conference and has conducted a series of other interviews.

Fianna Fáil and Micheál Martin have no fear of answering questions.  Clearly the same is not the case for Fine Gael and Enda Kenny.