Speaking in Dundalk this morning, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams TD, challenged Micheál Martin to debate him on abolition of the Seanad.
“Micheál Martin is making a big issue of a challenge to the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, to debate abolition of the Seanad in public. Clearly, Enda Kenny is going to avoid this. We know his record on public debate and he is just not able for it.
“If Micheál Martin wants a public debate on the Seanad, I will give it to him. I would be delighted to hear the Fianna Fáil leader justify his party’s cynical use of the Seanad to promote the careers of its own members and his party’s failure to even make a submission to the Seanad reform group in 2009 or throughout decades when Fianna Fáil was in government.
“So, I am calling on RTE or TV3 to schedule the debate between the Fianna Fáil leader and I.
“On 4 October the voters will decide on whether the Seanad will remain as it is, or be abolished. Sinn Féin would have preferred voters to have had the choice of comprehensive reform and we proposed that the government hand the issue over to the constitutional convention for discussion and recommendation.
“The government rejected this and has only allowed for a YES or NO response to abolition. This is why Sinn Féin is calling for YES vote to abolish the Seanad on Friday.”