2011 IRE Election

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Telling stories and asking questions: lessons from Ireland’s RTE debate

Opinion by Ray D’Cruz Questions feature in every debate, and usually the main point of interest is who gets to ask them.  The questioner ranges from moderator to media panel to live audience to virtual audience – or a combination of these in a single debate. The recent set of English-language Irish debates featured two … Continue reading

Election Debates’ verdict: Gilmore wins fourth Irish leaders’ debate

Election Debates has awarded the fourth and final Irish leaders’ debate to Eamon Gilmore (Labour). The debate featured the three major party leaders: Micheal Martin (Fianna Fáil), Enda Kenny (Fine Gael) and Mr Gilmore. The debate was hosted by Miriam O’Callaghan of RTÉ’s Prime Time. Colm Flynn, former chair of the World Universities Debating Championship, said “…in terms … Continue reading

Flynn: Gilmore wins fourth Irish leaders’ debate

Judge: Colm Flynn Winner: Eamon Gilmore Scores: Gilmore 82 | Kenny 81 | Martin 76 This was the long awaited three-way debate between Enda Kenny (FG), Michael Martin (FF) and Eamon Gilmore (Labour). After some fairly bland opening statements the debate moved into a number of sections. Economy:  At times this felt like it was going … Continue reading

Irish language Leaders’ Debate

Enda Kenny (Fine Gael), Eamon Gilmore (Labour) and Micheal Martin (Fianna Fail) have conducted an election debate in the Irish language. It was the first debate involving the leaders of the three major parties. Watch it here (with subtitles) courtesy of TG4.

Election Debates’ Verdict: Kenny wins Second Irish Leaders’ Debate

Election Debates has scored the Second Irish Leaders’ Debate of the 2011 election 2-0 to Enda Kenny (Fine Gael). The debate was a five-way debate, involving Mr Kenny, Micheal Martin (Fianna Fail), Eamon Gilmore (Labour), Gerry Adams (Sinn Fein) and John Gormley (Greens). The debate was hosted by Pat Kenny of RTE. Over the course … Continue reading

Flynn: Kenny wins Second Irish Leaders’ Debate

Judge: Colm Flynn Winner: Enda Kenny Scores: Kenny 75 | Martin 73 | Gormley 72 | Gilmore 71 | Adams 69 To me the format was a problem.  The questions at times were not clearly thought out and the result was that the moderator Pat Kenny had to guide the debate more than I would have … Continue reading

D’Cruz: Kenny wins Second Irish Leaders’ Debate

Judge: Ray D’Cruz Winner: Enda Kenny Scores: Kenny 80 | Gilmore 77 | Martin 75 | Adams 73 | Gormley 73 Enda Kenny won the Second Irish Leaders’ debate. He consistently got the balance right in this heady five-way discussion. Mr Kenny did well from the outset, his first response providing something of a vision … Continue reading

The perils of five-way debates: what Irish leaders can learn from the Canadian experience

Opinion by Ray D’Cruz In a little under 24 hours, five Irish leaders will debate in the second Leaders’ Debate of the 2011 Irish election. The first debate had just two leaders: Micheal Martin (Fianna Fail) and Eamon Gilmore (Labour). This was for the major party leaders – with the notable absentee being Enda Kenny … Continue reading

Election Debates’ Verdict: Martin wins First Irish Leaders’ Debate

Election Debates’ has scored the First Irish Leaders’ Debate of the 2011 election 2-0 to Micheal Martin. The debate between Eamon Gilmore (Labour) and Micheal Martin (Fianna Fail) was moderated by Vincent Browne of TV3 and saw both leaders clash over a range of issues including the economy, the deficit, the bank guarantee, the EU … Continue reading

D’Cruz: Martin wins First Irish Leaders’ Debate

Judge: Ray D’Cruz Winner: Micheal Martin Scores: Martin 80 | Gilmore 78 Micheal Martin made more of less. Eamon Gilmore made less of more. On the substance of the debate, the economy, it was a narrow win to Mr Martin (Fianna Fail). His strong attack on Labour undermined only by a lack of vision and … Continue reading