The People’s Debate with Vincent Browne is on the road for 2015, and its destination Tipperary over the coming months.
The new ‘on the road’ People’s Debate will see Browne travelling around one of the 40 Irish constituencies each week, inviting sitting TDs and others to discuss local and national issues among their own constituents.
“The people of Tipperary will be given the opportunity to express their views, calling sitting TDs and perspective candidates to account. People will be allowed to speak in a public forum which they wouldn’t otherwise have,” Browne told South Tipp Today.
The show promises to be democracy television at its finest, with 50 per cent of seating allocated to members of political parties and political groupings. The rest will be occupied by the general public, not affiliated to any political party or organisation. “There is a need for people across all spectrums of society to get involved in issues that affect them,” Browne explained.
However, when pressed on whether or not young people are alienated from serious current affairs issues in Ireland, Browne said: “There’s a Greek play written in 500 BC which excoriated the youth of Athens at that time. They weren’t interested in important things like public affairs. Instead, they would stand around corners making smart remarks at girls that walked by, and when I was that age that’s what I did. Young people haven’t changed.”
For further information on the show’s visit to Tipperary, visit www.tv3.ie/thepeoplesdebate or call 01 419 3525.