Labour leader Brendan Howlin has launched a series of stinging attacks on the handling by Fine Gael of the Brexit negotiations, saying that a claim that it was the only party that could have guided Ireland through amounts to “supreme arrogance”.
There is a lingering suspicion that everybody in Thursday’s TV leaders debate was administered a high dose of adrenaline as they entered the studio. All were out of the blocks as if they’d been pumped up on something, and none more so than co-presenter Ivan Yates.
The second seven-way leaders’ debate of the 2020 general election took place at Virgin Media headquarters last night in Dublin and proved to be a very loud affair indeed initially before descending into a more discursive second half.
The issue stems from the date of the election. Due to it being held on February 8, those who registered within the past eight months may not be included on the new register, which is refreshed once a year.