Kenny 'no' to three-way TV debate at next poll
FINE Gael leader Enda Kenny yesterday rejected his opposition rival's claims to be included in leaders' debates at the next general election.
Following the British example, Labour leader Eamon Gilmore is demanding a series of similar pre-election debates between the leaders of the three main Irish parties in the run-up to the next general election.
But Mr Kenny said he wanted to stick to the "tried and trusted system" -- a debate between himself and Brian Cowen, as Taoiseach and alternative Taoiseach.
"I don't think you want to turn it into a media event. In this country you have a tried and trusted system," he told 'Ireland AM' on TV3.
The second of the British general election debates took place last night. Support for the third party in Britain, the Liberal Democrats, jumped after the performance of their leader in the first debate with the Labour and Conservatives leaders.