TWEETS: A passionate debate between TDs Ruth Coppinger and Jack Chambers had the public gripped
Very differing views on Repeal the 8th.
If you were watching RTÉ this afternoon then the chances are that you were privy to a very passionate debate between the recently elected TDs from the Dublin West constituency, Fianna Fáil TD Jack Chambers and Ruth Coppinger of AAA-PBP.
Chambers is the first Fianna Fáil representative in the area since the sad passing of Brian Lenihan in June 2011 while Coppinger was previously a schoolteacher and a member of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland before becoming a Councillor for the Socialist Party on Fingal County Council and now AAA-PBP.
The duo have locked horns in the last few weeks in a bid for votes in their constituency but the debate on RTE was of a very different nature.
You may remember Chambers' recent appearance on Tonight with Vincent Browne where he argued that the Irish public shouldn't have a say in any decision to repeal the Constitution's eighth amendment. That footage is below, and another heated debate took place on RTÉ this afternoon between the two TDs.
Here's how the Irish public felt about this discussion on Repeal the Eighth.
The young fella elected as a FF TD wants to "represent all the young people who left Ireland"
YOU'RE IN THE WRONG COUNTRY THEN MATE!!#GE16
— Mark Malone (@soundmigration) February 28, 2016
Good to hear @RuthCoppingerTD and @campaignforkate speaking about #repealthe8th being an important issue for next Dail. #rte
— Shona Murray (@ShonaMurray_) February 28, 2016
Thought I was watching Reeling in The Years but it was just Jack Chambers's haircut and ideals. #GE16
— Maria Ní Néill (@cisuMaria) February 28, 2016
@RuthCoppingerTD speaking eloquently and passionately on the need to #RepealThe8th on @rtenews election coverage. Jack Chambers outclassed
— Boreas 🇪🇺🇺🇦🇪🇺 (@BorealFella) February 28, 2016
Fair play to @RuthCoppingerTD for giving Jack Chambers both barrels over the #repealthe8th . For a young man, he sounds like a party stooge
— Michael Brennan 🐦 (@michaelbren7) February 28, 2016
Delighted to hear @RuthCoppingerTD stating that women aren't going to put up with Jack Chambers and those who hold his views! #repealthe8th
— Emma Cassidy 🌈💜🖤 (@CassidyEmma) February 28, 2016
Jack Chambers, I'm in tears here. "Representing the youth of Ireland" yet looking and sounding like Reeling in the Years. Classic. #GE16
— Ewan MacKenna (@EwanMacKenna) February 28, 2016