Seanad referendum

Martin: I'm turning up for Seanad TV debate... but no one knows if the Taoiseach will

Micheál Martin has also said he has been invited by TV3 and Vincent Browne to debate Seanad abolition with the Taoiseach next week, in addition to the planned Prime Time debate on Tuesday.

YouTube: Hugh O’Connell

MICHEÁL MARTIN HAS said that he intends to turn up to the RTÉ Prime Time debate on Tuesday night but admits he doesn’t know if the Taoiseach Enda Kenny will as well.

The Fianna Fáil leader also said today that he and the Taoiseach have been invited to a TV3 debate on the Vincent Browne programme on Wednesday night which he plans to attend.

“We’re willing,” Martin said. “I think the Taoiseach made this his whole initiative, it’s a serious and profound change to the Constitution”.

He also said he had “feeling” that Kenny “might change his mind and turn up”.

There was no immediate response from the government press office to a query about whether the Taoiseach will attend either TV debate next week.

Martin also said at Leinster House this afternoon that he would “love to debate Gerry Adams”. The Sinn Féin leader today challenged RTÉ and TV3 to invite him to a debate.

Martin said said he would raise with Adams – whose party wants a Yes vote – his previous claims about Seanad abolition being “a democratic coup”:

YouTube: Hugh O’Connell

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