TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has promised to consult with the Seanad about reforming it – after insisting one week ago that it was "unreformable".
Mr Kenny changed his approach after voters rejected his plan to abolish the Seanad with a 51.7pc majority in last week's referendum.
"I am up for engaging with the leaders in the Dail and the Seanad and we will see what is the best way of putting in place a process that will lead to a more effective Seanad," he said.
Mr Kenny had previously said he believed that the Seanad was "unreformable" because nothing had changed after 75 years and 10 separate reports on Seanad reform.
The Government is now relying on the new consultative process to come up with a new Seanad reform plan.
Mr Kenny specifically mentioned the prospect of introducing legislation to extend the voter base for the six university seats include all college graduates in line with a referendum held "almost 30 years ago".
But he is not willing to hold another referendum to approve more wide-ranging Seanad reforms.
The Government is going to implement almost all of the Dail reforms it promised in the event of the abolition of the Seanad. There will be longer working hours and a new public consultation process on all proposed bills.
However, the Government will not be giving more powers to Dail committees or more committee chairs to the opposition until after the next election on the grounds that it would be too disruptive.
The only reform which has been axed is a new legislative stage to check bills before they were made law – which is no longer needed now that the Seanad is remaining in place.
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin criticised Mr Kenny in the Dail, saying he had not consulted with people on his plan to abolish the Seanad or his proposed Dail reforms.
"That's why you got the wallop," he said.
Mr Kenny later took part in a Dail debate with eight Fine Gael TDs, including members of the party's rebel "five-a-side club", about his plans for Dail reform.
They such as Eoghan Murphy and Brendan Griffin.But Mr Kenny quickly shot down a suggestion from Eoghan Murphy to relax the whip system which forces TDs to vote along party lines.
He warned that it might scare off international investors because they would be worried that the Government could collapse at any moment.
"You can't have instability – what might be one person's crisis of conscience is another's political crisis," he said.
Mr Kenny did say that it might be possible for government TDs to give their views freely on bills at an early stage.
But he said that government TDs would still be expected to support government bills.
Ironically, the Dail debate was chaired by former Fine Gael TD Peter Mathews – who was one of five TDs kicked out of the parliamentary party by Mr Kenny for voting against the abortion bill. He resigned as a member of Fine Gael last week.