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Campaign needs a serious debate between leaders of Yes and No campaigns – Mac Lochlainn

22 May, 2012 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn


Speaking today Sinn Féin Foreign Affairs spokesperson Padraig Mac Lochlainn said: “With such a large number of voters still undecided, this campaign needs a calm and considered head to head debate between the leaders of the yes and no sides.” The Donegal deputy called on Enda Kenny “to provide the voters with such a debate”.

Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:

“With only nine days left to go in the Austerity Treaty referendum campaign voters are now making up their minds. There is a large volume of information in the public domain. Public meetings are taking place across the country.   There have also been a large number of TV and radio debates.

“However a very significant number of voters are still undecided. In my view this campaign needs a calm and considered head to head debate between the leaders of the Yes and No campaigns. I genuinely believe that a live televised debate between An Taosieach Enda Kenny and Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams is in the best interests of the campaign and the voters.

“It would allow people, particularly those who remain undecided, to hear both the arguments from the leaders of the two campaigns and their responses to each other. Any such debate needs to be measured, calm and based on providing the voters with the information and analysis informing both sides of the campaign.” 

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