Saturday 10 December 2016

Byrne keeps a tight rein but big day can't come soon enough

Published 16/02/2016 | 02:30

Claire Byrne. Picture: FusionShooters.
Claire Byrne. Picture: FusionShooters.

Micheál Martin was talking about the lamentable non-standard of broadband across half the country. Mercifully, Enda Kenny did not get his chance to interject - something about the Government cut in VAT for the hospitality sector.

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There probably is a link between the two but it could take a while to trace it. The point is, we need most urgently of all to talk about broadband. Yet we only glanced off it.

This second televised leaders' debate on RTE1 struck a far better tone than the one last Thursday on TV3 - all credit to moderator Claire Byrne, who kept a tight rein and often debunked time-wasting guff. The incomprehensible cross-talk and bickering was absent and the fear of many, that utter chaos would result from seven participants instead of four, was not realised.

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