Vincent Browne bring­ing Peo­ple’s De­bate to Wick­low

Bray People - - NEWS -

VINCENT Browne will give Wick­low’s TDs a grilling in the com­ing weeks, with ‘ The Peo­ple’s De­bate.’

This Jan­uary Browne will be go­ing on the road with ‘ The Peo­ple’s De­bate’ kick­ing off in Wick­low on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 14.

Deputy Anne Fer­ris (Lab), Stephen Don­nelly (Ind), Billy Tim­mins (Ind), An­drew Doyle (FG) and Min­is­ter Si­mon Har­ris will be ex­am­ined as part of the pro­gramme.

The de­bate will take place in front of a live au­di­ence. A spokes­woman said that almost all of the TDs have con­firmed at this point that they will at­tend with just one RSVP pend­ing. The show will be filmed the pre­vi­ous Satur­day at the Grand Ho­tel in Wick­low Town. This is the first in a se­ries of pro­grammes cov­er­ing the 40 con­stituen­cies in the run up to the next gen­eral elec­tion. Other con­stituen­cies to fea­ture in Jan­uary are Clare, Gal­way West and Fin­glas. In each one of the 40 Ir­ish con­stituen­cies there will be a town hall de­bate with a lo­cal au­di­ence. The pro­gramme in­tends to call TDs to ac­count, query­ing them along with de­clared can­di­dates in the next elec­tion on what they are promis­ing. Each show will in­clude an au­dit of ev­ery sit­ting TD and a so­cio-eco­nomic pro­file of the con­stituen­cies.

The new ‘on the road’ Peo­ple’s De­bate will see 50 per cent of seat­ing al­lo­cated to mem­bers of po­lit­i­cal par­ties and po­lit­i­cal group­ings and the other 50 per cent oc­cu­pied by the gen­eral pub­lic, not af­fil­i­ated to any po­lit­i­cal party or or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Vincent Browne

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