Monday 18 December 2017

Televised FG leadership debate would be a pointless snorefest

From left, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and then Tánaiste Joan Burton of Labour at the RTÉ ‘Prime Time’ Leaders’ Debate last year. Photo: Maxwell
From left, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and then Tánaiste Joan Burton of Labour at the RTÉ ‘Prime Time’ Leaders’ Debate last year. Photo: Maxwell
Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

Whose bright idea was it to propose a televised Fine Gael leadership debate?

Apparently, both RTÉ and TV3 are keen as mustard to have a televised head-to-head featuring Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney. Has nobody told either station that 99.5pc-plus of the population don't have a vote in the contest or that we don't live in a one-party state?

What could possibly be the point of such an exercise? There is just about a case for televised debates at general election time. With an electorate of millions, a TV debate between the would-be Taoisigh can arguably help inform those about to cast their vote.

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