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Seanad 'at risk' without reform

SENATORS who return to the Seanad today after a six-day break have been warned that it is in danger of abolishing itself.

The Upper House has been criticised for finishing up early last Thursday and not sitting alongside the Dail yesterday.

Independent Senator Joe O'Toole said he believed the Seanad should not only be sitting three days every week, but operating in a totally different fashion.

"We are our own worst enemies. If the Seanad doesn't change its approach and reform itself, then the case for maintaining itself will simply diminish in front of our eyes," he said.

The lack of Seanad reform -- promised by successive Governments -- meant it was not performing as it was intended in the Constitution.

Fine Gael Senator Jerry Buttimer said the decision not to reconvene on Tuesday was a 'joke' which cast politics in a bad light

Irish Independent