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FF claims Kenny's "dismissive" attitude cost him

Published 05/10/2013 | 13:21

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
Sinn Fein TD Dessie Ellis talks on the phone as counting of votes continues 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.

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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