Tuesday 17 January 2017

Eamon Delaney: Lose the Seanad – its leading lights will shine just as brightly without it

Published 03/01/2013 | 17:00

AFTER the Christmas break, Taoiseach Enda Kenny seems to have emerged with a renewed determination to abolish the Seanad.

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Of course, the ultimate decision will be ours and not his, but Mr Kenny said he will be actively campaigning to have the Seanad scrapped in a referendum next autumn. Meanwhile, Eamon Gilmore is taking a different tack and will allow Labour TDs to campaign for its retention.

So what could have happened to harden Mr Kenny's position? Well, could it be the recent spectacle of all of his appointments to the Seanad, in terms of Independents, voting against the Social Welfare Bill of the Government's, and making a great publicity play of doing so?

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