Wednesday 7 December 2016

Kenny needs to debate the referendum issues

Published 28/04/2015 | 02:30

Enda Kenny debate
Enda Kenny debate

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.

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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.

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