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Monday 21 April 2014

Taoiseach: ‘Sometimes in politics you get a wallop’

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny says he will reflect on calls to reform the Seanad after voters rejected his bid to abolish the Upper House.

Mr Kenny said he is "personally disappointed" by the decision, adding: "Sometimes in politics you get a wallop."

"Naturally I was personally disappointed but I fully respect and accept the outcome," Mr Kenny said.

"Now that the people have made their decision, and that they have decided and confirmed that the Senate is retained as part of our constitutional institutions.

"I must now reflect upon the best way that can be made an effective contributor to the change in politics I intend to continue with."

He also said there is a "a continuous need for change and reform in politics" and defended not taking part in televised debates.

"I attended umpteen occasions, debated this in the Dail answered questions here there and everywhere. People would love to have had a shouting match between party political leaders, that never applied for referenda. It is not a party political issue."

He also said it is important to "assess" how the Seanad can contribute to political reform.

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

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