TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has responded to the Government's defeat in the Seanad referendum by moving to finally implement the result of a referendum decision, 33-years ago, to extend the right to vote in Seanad elections to all third-level graduates.
Speaking at the Fine Gael party conference in Limerick yesterday, Mr Kenny said that he would be discussing political reform "with other leaders in the coming weeks".
And he added: "As a small start, I have asked that legislation be prepared to give effect to the 1979 decision of the Irish people to extend the Seanad electorate to all graduates."
Mr Kenny also said he intended to "continue reforming the political system and ensuring that the Seanad is as effective as possible".
In an upbeat speech, Mr Kenny insisted that "Ireland is at long last on the road back to recovery and work" and remains "on track to exit the bailout by the end of the year".
And he promised Ireland "will return to normal budgeting by 2015'' whilst "job creation is now at its highest level in five years".
Over 250 anti-abortionists held a noisy protest outside the building during his speech.
Though the protesters did not disrupt the FG event they were audible within the hall.