Vote gives Seanad rare chance to prove its worth before public decides its fate
Published 18/12/2012 | 05:00
'I THINK this is a chance for the Seanad to stand up and be counted," Independent senator Marie-Louise O'Donnell told this newspaper last week when outlining why she would be voting against the social welfare bill.
Funny, then, that a Fine Gael source was using the same rationale – the survival of a Seanad facing Madame La Guillotine – as a reason why wavering senators should vote for the bill.
"We'll tell them this is a chance for the Seanad to help save itself," the source said.