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Bruce Arnold: Abolishing the Seanad will put us firmly under the EU's control

Published 23/09/2013 | 17:00

Enda Kenny launching the Fine Gael campaign to abolish the Seanad
Enda Kenny launching the Fine Gael campaign to abolish the Seanad

The government decision to abolish the 0 is essentially at odds with the reform-based strategy so far presented to us by this Government. True, it was included in the Government Programme. But from the outset, clear and emphatic reasoning has been conspicuous by its absence. This is true of both abolitionists and defenders.

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The real source for abolition was Europe. It derives, at least in part, from the strong bonds of attachment that Enda Kenny and his Government have formed with the EU. They did this out of the strife and shame of the previous Fianna Fail administration, to become the 'Good Boys' of Europe.

However, reform rather than abolition is the better course. And in the case of the Seanad, despite three parties supporting the idea and the fourth not being too aggressive in its opposition, the better half of the country thinks reform is better than abolition.

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