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FF claims Kenny's "dismissive" attitude cost him

Published 05/10/2013 | 13:21

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Fianna Fail TD Niall Collins speaking to the media at Dublin Castle as counting of votes in the referendums on the future of the Seanad and the establishment of a new Court of Appeal is under way
Ballot boxes as counting of votes in the referendums on the future of the Seanad and the establishment of a new Court of Appeal is under way at the RDS
The Count in the RDS Dublin

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny's refusal to take part in debates on the Seanad showed a "throwaway, dismissive attitude" that turned people off his push to abolish the Upper House, Fianna Fail has claimed.

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Niall Collins, the party's director of elections, says it is too early to call a result, but claims the trends are pointing to a No vote.

Mr Collins, a Co Limerick TD, said Mr Kenny came up with the idea of scrapping the Seanad "at a time when he was under pressure politically himself".

And he said the Taoiseach further damaged his cause by refusing to take part in debates.

"This throwaway, dismissive attitude that I don't want to debate any of other leaders in case I embarrass them, people don't like to see out of the leader of the country," Mr Collins said. "It's a serious issue, we're talking about the constitution here.

"There are serious messages in there for the Government."

By Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

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