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'It's certainly not a catwalk': 'Reservoir TDs' unite for Yes vote in Court referendum

It’s about as sexy as a referendum to establish a new court can possibly get.


“IT’S CERTAINLY NOT a catwalk,” remarked Sinn Féin’s Pádraig Mac Lochlainn as one TD from each of the main parties walked the plinth at a wet Leinster House today.

United in their appeal for a Yes vote in the Court of Appeal referendum on Friday all we needed was the ‘Little Green Bag’ track and we had the ‘Reservoir Dogs’ intro. Reservoir TDs. Sort of.

“Could this be the beginning of something special… a possible future coalition on the cards?” asked one journalist to be greeted with an answer from Shatter that did not address the question whatsoever.

Shatter complained: “It’s been very difficult to get you guys interested in this particular referendum because of the excitement of the other one.”

Excitement indeed.

Then up stepped Alex White, Labour’s director of elections, who admitted he didn’t know what the turnout would be on Friday, but he said the referendum is hugely important:

Off camera MacLochlainn and Fianna Fáil’s Sean Ó Fearghail waited to be interviewed but decided that it probably wasn’t going to happen so headed inside and out of the rain.

Videos: Hugh O’Connell

Explainer: What is the Court of Appeal Referendum all about?

Pic: Alan Shatter’s Court of Appeal roadshow

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Hugh O'Connell

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