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McDonald demands Sinn Féin inclusion in Primetime Seanad debate

1 October, 2013 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has accused RTÉ of political bias following the public service broadcasters decision to exclude Sinn Féin from tonight’s Primetime debate on the Seanad referendum.

Speaking today Deputy McDonald said;

“Sinn Féin has been the most active party on the yes side in this referendum. We have a very clear position, campaigning for a yes vote which is distinct and separate from that of the government, yet RTÉ has chosen to exclude us from the most significant debate in this referendum campaign.

“I believe that the Taoiseach should have taken the opportunity to debate the issue given that the abolition of the Seanad was his own commitment prior to the 2011 general election.

“However, given the fact that he refused the opportunity, I believe that RTÉ has a responsibility to ensure that the debate is representative and fully inclusive of the yes and no arguments.

“Sinn Féin is again calling on RTE to include the party in tonight's Primetime Seanad debate." ENDS

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