Fine Gael launches campaign to abolish the Seanad
Fine Gael has promised that it will run an energetic campaign to abolish the "ineffective" Seanad.
As the Seanad begins its discussion of the abortion bill, Fine Gael Jobs Minister Richard Bruton is putting plans in place for the information campaign to persuade voters to scrap it.
He said that Fine Gael will run an energetic campaign through public meetings and digital media saying that the Seanad is "ineffective" and is a luxury that can no longer be afforded.
"Abolishing the Seanad would save about €100 million over a five year Dáil term; that’s a considerable amount of money which could be spent on public services like schools and hospitals," he said.
However, there are doubts about how effective the Fine Gael campaign will be because many of its TDs, Senators and councillors are not in favour of abolishing the Seanad. Mr Bruton will be director of elections for the campaign, while Fine Gael Meath East TD Regina Doherty will be deputy director.