Saturday 20 December 2014

Seanad referendum: Good campaign . . . Bad campaign

Published 07/10/2013 | 05:00

Taoiseach Enda Kenny talks to the media at Dublin Castle after the decisive referendum result rejecting the proposal to abolish the Seanad
Leader of F.F. Micheal Martin at the Dublin Castle count centre

How key players scored out of 10:

Q The Yes campaign

Enda Kenny: 2

After taking the bold initiative to propose scrapping the Seanad, Kenny didn't follow through. Whatever about ducking debate, he didn't take a prominent role.

Richard Bruton: 5

Got the hospital pass from Kenny of getting it across the line. Took on the task manfully but his primary focus on the cost backfired.

Alex White : 3

Fronted a campaign for Labour where there was little heart for the battle. Made a few worthwhile media appearances.

Mary-Lou McDonald: 4

Sinn Fein backed a referendum, for once, but there is little evidence it paid off. She proved her worth as a debater but then distanced the party from the defeat.

Q The No campaign

Micheal Martin: 7

Needed a win in this campaign. Managed to sidestep the obvious contradictions in his calls for reform, after failing to initiate any while in power.

Michael McDowell: 6

He's back. Once again, he's put a spanner in the works for the Government's political reform programme. Put in strong debating performances to cast a doubt.

Feargal Quinn: 5

Epitomised what a senator can do and stand for but ended up being relegated to a backseat in the course of the campaign by the bigger egos.

The Seanad: 1

The senators did their utmost over recent months to convince the public of their abject irrelevance, yet still lived to fight another day. The spotlight doesn't suit them.

Lucinda Creighton: 6

Timed her run to perfection by coming in late in the campaign to pitch for a No vote against Kenny's proposals and showed the Reform Alliance will carve out its own identity.

Irish Independent

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