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Fine Gael rebels call for No vote

Fionnan Sheahan

Published 25/09/2013 | 10:42

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Lucinda Creighton at the National Ploughing Championships this morning
Sean O'Rourke chats with Lucinda Creighton at the National Ploughing Championships
Lucinda Creighton
Lucinda Creighton

Fine Gael’s rebel TDs are now calling for a No vote in the Seanad referendum.

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Lucinda Creighton’s Reform Alliance has adopted a collective position on the Seanad, calling for retention, after previous divisions within the group.

Ms Creighton said she felt it would “irresponsible” of the group not to adopt a position.

Speaking on ‘Today with Sean O’Rourke’, she said none of the group opposed the legislation to have the referendum.

The former European Affairs Minister said she thought it was important the country doesn’t lose the attributes of the Seanad.

But Ms Creighton indicated the Reform Alliance will be supporting next month’s Budget as the group supported the bailout programme.

“I think it is unlikely we will oppose the Budget,” she said.

The Reform Alliance has tabled a Dail motion committing the Oireachtas to reform the

Seanad if the referendum is defeated.

However, the motion is unlikely to be heard because Dail rules say that only political parties or the Technical Group can have private members motions debated.

However, the Reform Alliance is likely to try to raise the issue during daily Dail business.

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