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Sunday 11 December 2016

Most shocking aspect of plan for Seanad overhaul is that it could actually work

Published 17/04/2015 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny originally sought to abolish the Seanad, but now his reforms could breathe new life into it
Taoiseach Enda Kenny originally sought to abolish the Seanad, but now his reforms could breathe new life into it

Enda Kenny fairly flew out of the blocks in his haste to praise the report of the working group on Seanad reform. Innovative and radical, he called it.

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The following day, it was the turn of RTE journalist Olivia O'Leary. She liked it too. But she chose very different words to describe it: "eminently sensible".

There's a big difference between the innovative and radical and the eminently sensible. When it comes to changing the Constitution, wise persons will go for the eminently sensible.

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