Friday 20 January 2017

Let's get rid of useless Seanad

Published 09/01/2011 | 05:00

Sir -- I dearly look forward to the demise of the Senate, regardless of whether the present government or the next one affords the electorate an opportunity to vote on this issue.

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The pathetic whining response from some of the senators themselves to the proposal to end their handy little number merely confirms my view of the so-called Upper House.

It shows how divorced from the public mood its honourable members are, when Senator John Paul Phelan issues a statement telling us we'd all be far more impressed with the Senate if its deliberations received greater media coverage, and Senator Joe O'Toole opposes any move to disband his beloved "chamber" on the basis that "those who will lose are ordinary people on the ground".

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