On the Virgin Media One presidential debate hosted by Pat Kenny…
Mr Kenny asked all of the candidates who was in favour of water charges – asking those in favour of them to put their hands up.
Former Dragons’ Den stars Peter Casey, Seán Gallagher and Gavin Duffy all indicated they were in favour of water charges, while Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada said she wasn’t.
Mr Kenny then turned to incumbent Michael D Higgins and they had this exchange:
Kenny: “And Michael D? As a socialist?”
Higgins: “I was an incumbent President that had to look at the legislation in front of me, in terms of its constitutionality.”
Kenny: “No, but the point is, you, personally, as a socialist, are you in favour of water charges?”
Higgins: “I’m not entitled to have an opinion as president…”
Kenny: “You’re entitled, as a campaigner, to have an opinion.”
Higgins: “…in relation to a matter that is coming before me that will require, for example, me to say ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to its constitutionality.”
Mr Kenny then attempted to move on and ask another question but Senator Joan Freeman reminded him that he didn’t ask her for her opinion on water charges.
She said she wasn’t in favour but she did pay her water charges bill.
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Earlier: How Was It For You?