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'It's high time he talked to the people' - Ryan Tubridy demands Enda Kenny 'stop hiding' and appear on Late Late Show


Ryan Tubridy

Ryan Tubridy

Ryan Tubridy

Ryan Tubridy has implored An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to appear on the Late Late Show to address the concerns of Irish people about Irish Water.

Speaking on his show on 2FM today, the broadcaster and Late Late Show host revealed the show has requested An Taoiseach to appear "every other week" and said "he has refused every other week".

He said, "It's high time the man who runs the country should sit in a forum that allows people sitting at home with a glass of wine or a pot of tea or whatever it might be on a Friday night.

"It's not Primetime.  That's limited to political junkies in a sense.  And it's not local radio which he did last night -and he wouldn't do an interview with national media - because that's a small audience."

Tubridy pointed out that the Late Late Show is where the Taoiseach generally "talks to the most people".

He added, "Even in a State of the Nation broadcast, which he seesm to be into doing, they bore people senseless.  It is a conversation and it's high time he talked to people."

Tubridy revealed the show has had difficulty securing guests to represent the government on previous occasions.

"When we did the water charges piece that time you can't believe the amount of hassle it took to get somebody from the government to come on and talk," he said.

"Eventually we got a back bencher sent out to bat on the government's behalf."

Tubridy said he understands the "visceral anger" of the protesters and the fact that people are fed up.

"That's why I think it's the Taoiseach's responsibility to come on the Late Late Show and tell people what is happening and stop hiding behind State of the Nation bits and pieces on Shannonside FM [meaning Ocean FM], no disrespect to Shannonside FM but if you go local the rest of the country can't necessarily hear it."

He addd, "The point I'm making is you have to go national to the widest audience possible and that's us, bar going on the Toy Show or an episode of Love/Hate, which I don't think he's going to do."

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