Friday 24 March 2017

Report cards: How the leaders scored in TV3 showdown

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD at the first General Election 2016 TV and radio debate on TV3. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie
Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD at the first General Election 2016 TV and radio debate on TV3. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin TD at the first General Election 2016 TV and radio debate on TV3. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams TD at the first General Election 2016 TV and radio debate on TV3. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie
Tanaiste and Labour Party leader Joan Burton TD at the first General Election 2016 TV and radio debate on TV3. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie
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How the leaders scored in the first general election debate

Enda Kenny

Content

He was well-prepared and stuck to the script. We learned nothing new but that’s likely to have been the plan.

Score: 3 out of 5

Charisma

Kenny opted to attack from the start and spent a lot of time shouting over the others. Trying to present himself as a passionate Taoiseach.

Score: 3 out of 5

Credibility

For the one with most to lose, he will be very happy. Weakest on health.

Score: 4 out of 5

Micheal Martin

Content

Managed to argue that Fianna Fáil can’t be blamed for all the country’s woes. Handled each topic well. SCORE: 3 out of 5

Charisma

The strongest debater by far. Most comfortable on stage, and managed to steer clear of too many clichés.

Score: 4 out of 5

Credibility

Took the argument to Kenny and Burton when they blamed Fianna Fail for problems in health and crime. Will be pleased.

Score: 3 out of 5

Joan Burton

Content

Tried to plug some Labour Party policy while playing up her relationship with Fine Gael. Only disagreed with the Taoiseach on abortion.

SCORE: 2 out of 5

Charisma

Landed some rehearsed one-liners on Gerry Adams. Female voters will like how she held her own with three strong men.

Score: 3 out of 5

Credibility

Became very defensive at times. Did no damage, but unlikely to have won back a major number of votes.

Score: 3 out of 5

Gerry Adams

Content

Very little policy put forward. Under attack from the other three, he slung mud back.

Score: 2 out of 5

Charisma

Had a stand-off approach at times and lectured at others.

Score: 2 out of 5

Credibility

Had no track record to point to, and disowned Sinn Féin’s record in Northern Ireland.

Score: 1 out of 5

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