Presidential hopeful Sean Gallagher has described as “insulting to the people of Ireland” the decision by current incumbent Michael D Higgins not to take part in the Claire Byrne Live Presidential Debate on RTÉ on Monday night.

“Furthermore, it serves to feed the disconnect between the people of Ireland and the Office of President, particularly in the context of recent concerns about trust and transparency,” Gallagher added.

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