Sunday 19 November 2017

Labour to campaign for abolition of Seanad as referendum plan proceeds

SENATORS have been told that the Government is "prioritising" the legislative back-up, which will lead to a referendum on the abolition of the Seanad. It is now expected that the bill will be in the Dail after the Easter break and passed before the summer break.

Labour senators have been warned that the party hierarchy has done a U-turn on the previous policy of "benign neutrality'' and now expects the party to "actively campaign in favour of abolition". Labour senator John Whelan accused the Government of "using public anger with politicians to turn the Seanad into a sitting duck".

Irish Independent

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