Kenny needs to debate the referendum issues
Published 28/04/2015 | 02:30
While one must respect the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, for embarking on a "personal journey" that brought him to the position of promoting and supporting a 'Yes' vote in the upcoming marriage equality referendum, one must, at the same time, question his decision to rule out taking part in live television debates on the issues involved.
Speaking at the launch of the Fine Gael campaign, Mr Kenny said he did not want the campaign to be "politicised", although what exactly this means we are not sure. With all the main political groups on the 'Yes' side, how can it be politicised, as he claims?
Certainly this seems a 'cop-out' on his part, and one that has a dangerous precedent from his point of view. Mr Kenny and his Government proposed an amendment to abolish Seanad Éireann; he failed to campaign on the issue and the referendum was ignominiously lost.
As the leader of a Government that has decided to put such a proposal before the people, Mr Kenny has a duty not only to campaign, but to debate the issues on television so people can be swayed by the arguments for or against the proposal.