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Tuesday 2 September 2014

How the Opposition rated:

Published 06/12/2012 | 17:00

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Michael McGrath, Fianna Fail: Painted the Government as hard-hearted for hitting the poor and protecting the rich. Focused on the Labour Party's child benefit cuts promises. 6/10

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Sean Fleming, Fianna Fail: Again got bogged down in detail and failed to land any blows. 3/10

Mary-Lou McDonald, Sinn Fein: By far the best on the Opposition benches. Had a go at the Government with a devastating cut at the Kenny, Gilmore, Noonan and Howlin quartet. 8/10

Pearse Doherty, Sinn Fein: Surprisingly muted as Mr Angry toned down the schtick and was the better for it. Tailored speech to include soundbites, accusing the Government of following Fianna Fail policy. 6/10

Finian McGrath, Independent: As usual, cut straight to the chase with spotlight on the vulnerable and got in a few nice digs at the Labour Party. 6/10

Richard Boyd-Barrett, United Left Alliance: Gets up. Shouts a lot. Everyone tunes out. 2/10

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