Seanad referendum: Good campaign . . . Bad campaign
Published 07/10/2013 | 05:00
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.
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