How Was It For You?


Did you stay awake up?

Last night.

Virgin Media One.

Matt Cooper (above centre left) and Ivan Yates (centre right) on Virgin Media One’s The Tonight Show Presidential Debate with: Presidential Candidates, from left: Gavin Duffy, Joan Freeman, Peter Casey, Liadh Ní Riada and Sean Gallagher.


Pictures: Brian McEvoy

29 thoughts on “How Was It For You?

  1. Scundered

    It’s comforting to think all those people will be beaten by a little old man who didn’t even show up.

  2. Basil Brush

    It’s almost shocking to see the calibre of nominees for President. What is it about a Dragon the nation should revere? If its just the ability to make money then why not just vote for the richest or those that shouts the most. Its obviously working for America.

  3. ReproButina

    I saw Ní Riada try to blame MDH for austerity and then none of them having a notion of how much people get on JSA (Duffy was the only one willing to have a stab at it and was only €100 off).

    I see Peter Casey, who pays no tax in Ireland, picked up 30% in a Journal poll.

    1. Brother Barnabas

      i like how casey had a go at travelers for not paying any tax in ireland – then it turns out he doesn’t either

    2. Otis Blue

      The stony silence on that question – apart from Duffy’s woeful attempt – was really telling. I doubt that the Poet knew the answer either.

        1. Otis Blue


          But you’d expect those running for public office to know. All the more so when they spout platitudes about community, wellbeing, SME’s, welfare spongers, a Presidency for all, etc.

          1. Brother Barnabas

            was it john prescott who left the page listing retail prices of assorted things – pint of milk etc – and various dole payments in a television studio once?

            would seem prudent to familiarise yourself with those things if you want to pretend to be in touch

  4. Elm wood

    I like how Joan Freeman , having decided that she’s not going to win , has at least remained dignified , Brand Duffy attempted to do that last night also, first time ever, but I won’t be voting on Friday in the Presidential vote , will vote in the referendum ,

    1. Brother Barnabas

      i thought that too

      I wouldn’t vote for her but she’s at least somewhat ‘presidential’

      really wonder whether the three eejits realise how their squabbling and pettiness has come across

      1. Elm wood

        I never watched Dragons Den, always felt that the format was disgusting, genuine people making pitches on their visions or livelihoods , being picked asunder by often judgmental and sneering individuals , whose sole purpose seemed to be making money off others graft or craft, it was never about mentoring or supporting just venture capitalism , sad to think in Ireland this attitude is even considered by some appropriate for the highest office in the land ,

        1. Otis Blue

          I’ve never seen it either but was it anything other than a light entertainment show? I can’t imagine people buying into it a serious business programme. Curiously, for all the talk about Dragon’s in the race there has been precious little discussion about any of the supposed investments they made. You hardly need wonder why?

          Gallagher just sums up the spoofery with his ludicrous claims about his record in job creation merely by being a landlord.

          1. Brother Barnabas

            as a commercial landlord, he’s put a lot more small companies to the wall than created jobs

  5. Andrew

    Who watches these things? I gather the viewership figures are quite high. I just wonder why that is though?
    I was just thinking last night, I used to consume all of this kind of stuff all day.
    Now I don’t care at all. I’ll still vote though.

  6. Dhod

    I watched 5 minutes and it was too much.
    More than anything, I want to see Gavin Duffy fail miserably. Really, really miserably

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