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'Debate about debates' a farce – Ó Snodaigh

5 February, 2011 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has said the farcical debate about the election leaders’ debate was a ‘joke’ and underlines all that is wrong with Irish politics.

Ó Snodaigh said people would find it “sickening” that leading politicians are consumed with this rather than serious issues such as thousands of people losing jobs and thousands more being forced to emigrate.

He said nobody cared how many people Mícheál Martin wanted to debate with and that nobody cared what Enda Kenny thinks about Vincent Browne.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh:

“This debate about the various different leaders’ debates is a farce. Too many political leaders are concerned with the political circus. Nobody cares how many people Mícheál Martin wants to debate with. Nobody cares what Enda Kenny thinks of Vincent Browne. This is a complete joke.

“There are serious issues that need to be addressed by political leaders and quite frankly the electorate deserves better than to be subjected to this silly squabble. It underlines all that is wrong with Irish politics.

“The election debate needs to turn quickly to real issues that are impacting on peoples’ lives such as unemployment and emigration.

“It recently emerged that a woman found dead in Ballymun last year died of hypothermia because she had no heating, yet we have politicians arguing over who’s doing what debate and when. It’s an insult to people who have already been so badly served by the political elite.

“Sinn Féin supports fully inclusive leaders’ debates. The politics of exclusion is wrong and undemocratic. But politicians need to get on with the real business of trying to provide solutions to real problems.” ENDS

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