Friday 9 December 2016

Talk is cheap as power rests in hands of voters

Published 25/02/2016 | 02:30

Eamon Ryan said his “biggest fear is that the Irish people will not be inspired to go out and vote” after the campaign. Photo: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie
Eamon Ryan said his “biggest fear is that the Irish people will not be inspired to go out and vote” after the campaign. Photo: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

In 1975, two great heavyweights went for glory as Muhammad Ali took on Joe Frazier in the 'Thriller in Manila'. This week, our four main political contenders went at it in a debate which might be dubbed a 'Chiller in Vanilla'. It lacked substance, energy and colour.

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Those expecting an intensive engagement revealing depth and character in the contestants were disappointed.

It was a tepid, small-minded squabble that once more left voters begging for less. Questions were parried away as all leaders preferred to shimmy, duck and dive rather than come out fighting.

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