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Gallagher hits out at Higgins over participation in debates

By Sheetal Sukhija, Tajikistan News
15 Oct 2018, 23:38 GMT+10

DUBLIN, Ireland - Sean Gallagher has expressed his frustration at the presidential debates, slamming the President Michael D Higgins for his "unwillingness to participate in all debates."

On Monday, RTÉ is set to host a televised debate on Claire Byrne Live, however, President Higgins is not expected to attend the debate. 

In a letter addressed to President Higgins, Gallagher wrote, "Recently, I defended your position not to participate in the News at One debate due to your Presidential commitments."

He said, "However, on this occasion, I note there are no public engagements in your diary for Monday that preclude you from participating in the Claire Byrne Live debate and your decision, as stated by you, is a political one in the context of this campaign."

Adding, "I am disappointed in your decision and believe it is insulting to the people of Ireland and shows contempt for the integrity of our electoral process. Furthermore, it serves to feed the disconnect between the peoples of Ireland and the office of President, particularly in the context of recent concerns about trust and transparency."

Gallagher has stated that he would only attend debates which featured all of the candidates.

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