Tuesday 6 December 2016

Report cards: How they scored

Published 16/02/2016 | 02:30

The Leaders on stage from left: Richard Boyd Barrett, People Before Profit Alliance, Gerry Adams, Sinn Fein, Micheal Martin, Fianna Fail, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Fine Gael, Joan Burton, Tanaiste Joan Burton, Stephen Donnelly, Social Democrats and Lucinda Creighton, Renua at the RTÉ Claire Byrne Live Leaders Debate.
The Leaders on stage from left: Richard Boyd Barrett, People Before Profit Alliance, Gerry Adams, Sinn Fein, Micheal Martin, Fianna Fail, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Fine Gael, Joan Burton, Tanaiste Joan Burton, Stephen Donnelly, Social Democrats and Lucinda Creighton, Renua at the RTÉ Claire Byrne Live Leaders Debate.

Enda Kenny Fine Gael - Didn't do anything particularly wrong on the night but failed to stand out either. Spent an awful lot of time nodding along to Joan Burton.

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SCORE: 2 out of 5

CHARISMA

Last week he was very shouty. This week he was very quiet. There weren’t any memorable lines or

moments.

SCORE: 2 out of 5

CREDIBILITY

NOTHING ventured, nothing gained. He mostly allowed himself to fade into the background when the others shouted. His supporters will say he was Statesman-like.

SCORE: 2 out of 5

 

MICHEÁL MARTIN FIANNA FÁIL

CONTENT

Lost all his notes onto the floor at one point but managed without. Was well-prepared without having a trick card up his sleeve.

SCORE: 3 out of 5

CHARISMA

Remained calm under verbal attacks and frantic finger pointing from Gerry Adams, Enda Kenny and Joan Burton. A solid if uninspiring performance.

SCORE: 3 out of 5

CREDIBILITY

Repeatedly said that the other leaders needed to be honest with people.

SCORE: 3 out of 5

 

JOAN BURTON LABOUR

CONTENT

Found herself defending the Government’s record for much of the debate before claiming the whole debate was too negative. Strongest moment came during the health section when she was applauded.

SCORE: 2 out of 5

CHARISMA

Came out fighting. She wasn’t prepared to take any mudslinging from Gerry Adams but is likely to have irritated some viewers by ignoring the question in favour of attacks of Micheál Martin.

SCORE: 3 out of 5

CREDIBILITY

Clear that she knew her facts and figures without notes – but the scale of performance necessary to

pull Labour back from the brink might have been a bridge too far.

SCORE: 3 out of 5

 

GERRY ADAMS SINN FÉIN

CONTENT

Struggled to actually outline his various plans. Mixed up his number when he claimed 6,500 gardaí had been cut by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour.

SCORE: 1 out of 5

CHARISMA

The audience liked his animated attacks on Micheál Martin and Enda Kenny – but he seemed deeply uncomfortable at times.

SCORE: 2 out of 5

CREDIBILITY

Tried to claim his past was irrelevant when Michéal Martin put it to him he was an IRA leader.

SCORE: 1 out of 5

 

STEPHEN DONNELLY SOC DEMS

CONTENT

Talked a lot about lowering the cost of living instead of tax cuts. It also brought up the red carpet for Donald Trump which was difficult for the Taoiseach to laugh off.

SCORE: 3 out of 5

CHARISMA

Came across calm and measured. Made a good audition to be full-time leader of the Social Democrats.

SCORE: 4 out of 5

CREDIBILITY

Immediately warned of a worsening economic climate and insisted his party is promoting prudent policies.

SCORE: 3 out of 5

 

LUCINDA CREIGHTON RENUA

CONTENT

Got the audience’s attention with an impassioned speech on health but was unconvincing when defending her plans for a flat tax.

SCORE: 2 out of 5

CHARISMA

She said she was going to be herself and it’s hard to argue with that.

SCORE: 2 out of 5

CREDIBILITY

Raised the fact that she has experience of how government works – setting herself apart from some of her rivals.

SCORE: 3 out of 5

 

RICHARD BOYD-BARRETT AAA-PBP

CONTENT

Focussed on bread and butter issues such as housing and equality but failed to address accusations that his own party’s manifesto lacked detail.

SCORE: 2 out of 5

CHARISMA

The Dún Laoghaire TD had the least impact on the debate. He is given credit for intentionally avoiding

the route of sound-bites – but failed to deliver any real blows on the Government.

SCORE: 1 out of 5

CREDIBILITY

THE fact that one of the first questions asked of Boyd Barrett during the debate arrivals related to his attire speaks volumes.

SCORE: 2 out of 5

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