REFERENDUM: GOVERNMENT CAMPAIGN WAS PATHETIC, INSISTS DOHERTY

first_imgSinn Fein’s Pearse Doherty TD said today that the government’s campaign on the Seanad referendum “was a sorry excuse for a campaign”.Mr Doherty was his party’s strongest advocate for a Yes vote in the referendum, with reports that other senior members of the party wanted a No vote.Sinn Fein has attempted to play down reports of a split. The Donegal TD was today saving his ire for the Government.“Sinn Féin ran a good campaign and canvassed door-to-door around the state, leafleted and put up posters. In some places, we were the only ones out campaigning for a YES vote,” he insisted.“The government, on the other hand, ran a sorry excuse for a campaign, with its leader refusing to even debate the issues on television.“One thing was agreed, by everyone involved in this campaign, however: the Seanad, as it now stands, is not acceptable. It is elected by a tiny percentage of the people and is undemocratic. “The referendum result does not mean that the people want to keep the Seanad as it now exists. The turnout, however, should be a cause for concern to all political leaders.“The need for political reform goes further than the Seanad. There is a need for a root and branch reform of the Dáil and local democracy too.” REFERENDUM: GOVERNMENT CAMPAIGN WAS PATHETIC, INSISTS DOHERTY was last modified: October 7th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Deputy Pearse DohertyreferendumSeanadSinn Feinlast_img

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