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Monday 11 December 2017

LRC chief defends chairmanship of group backing Seanad abolition

Kieran Mulvey, CEO LRC
Kieran Mulvey, CEO LRC

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

Labour Relations Commission chief executive Kieran Mulvey has insisted there is no problem with him chairing a pro-Seanad abolition group.

He is the chairman of the “One House” lobby group which is going to campaign for the Seanad to be abolished on the grounds that the country does not need two paraliamentary chambers.

Mr Mulvey, who played a crucial role in getting the Haddington Road Agreement over the line during talks at the Labour Relations Commission, defended his decision to join the group,

“Sometimes in public life you have to take a stand and sometimes in public life you have to take a stand by the principles you believe in. I think if more people in public life had done that in 2008 and 2009, this country would have been in far better shape,” he told RTE’s Morning Ireland.

One House is due to launch its campaign in Dublin at 2pm today.

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