GOVERNMENT senators are admitting they may vote against Coalition measures if the referendum to scrap the Upper House is passed on Friday.
The Government’s plans for the rest of its term could be thrown into disarray if Fine Gael and Labour senators vote against measures like the Social Welfare Bill.
The Senate can only delay bills by 90 days, but this could still cause chaos until the end of the Government’s term.
If the referendum is passed, the Seanad will not be abolished until the day before the new Dail convenes after the next General Election.
But Labour senator Mary Moran – who took part in a press conference of TDs and senators calling for a ‘No’ this afternoon – said Government senators will be “freer” to vote as they wish.
“The Seanad has a very real purpose here, we will be freer if you like to exercise our will,” Ms Moran said.
But she added: “We have to accept the will of the people if the people. I will continue to do my job to the best of my ability, that goes without question but we will be looking at legislation and there will be things that if we don’t agree with, we will be looking at it.
“As things arise, we certainly will be look at them. And in the areas of education and disability, they will be matters of prime concern.”