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Banker who changed Enda's mind on Seanad

Fine Gael adviser Sean Faughnan told Enda Kenny that voters wanted Upper House gone, says John Drennan

Published 08/09/2013 | 05:00

PICTURE THIS: Mary McAleese and her husband Martin, pictured with a painting of Annaghdown Castle, which was presented to the then President during her visit to St. Brendan's National School, Annaghdown. Sean Faughnan, right, is the owner of Annaghdown Castle. Photograph: Iain McDonald
PICTURE THIS: Mary McAleese and her husband Martin, pictured with a painting of Annaghdown Castle, which was presented to the then President during her visit to St. Brendan's National School, Annaghdown. Sean Faughnan, right, is the owner of Annaghdown Castle. Photograph: Iain McDonald

A LITTLE known investment banker turned medieval castle owner is today revealed as being the 'mastermind' behind the Government's plan to abolish the Seanad.

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny's controversial decision to get rid of the Upper House came after he was presented by research conducted by a policy review group, chaired by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney.

The Taoiseach had not been previously in favour of abolishing the Upper House.

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