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Tuesday 16 January 2018

FG TD joins opposition to abolition of Seanad as Dail reforms criticised

Fiach Kelly

ANOTHER Fine Gael TD has come out against the proposed abolition of the Seanad, while others have criticised the Government's Dail reforms as "mere window dressing".

Kildare North TD Bernard Durkan has followed Dublin South deputy Olivia Mitchell by saying he is against scrapping the Upper House.

Meanwhile, yet another Labour TD – Kerry's Arthur Spring – says he also wants to save the Seanad. A raft of his party's TDs and senators have already come out in opposition to abolition.

However, they will all vote for the legislation to hold a referendum.

Fine Gael's Cork North West TD Michael Creed supports abolition but has criticised his own Government's Dail reforms.

He said reform of the Dail was necessary but that some of the Coalition's measures had not gone far enough.

"Friday sittings and other recent measures are mere window-dressing, which barely scratch the service in terms of achieving what is needed to hold the executive to account," he said.

Wicklow's Billy Timmins also argued for the abolition of the Seanad, but said that TDs should be given a free vote on some issues.

Irish Independent

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