SF denies U-turn over abolition call
SINN Fein has denied engaging in a U-turn on abolishing the Seanad – after initially criticising the Government's plan to get rid of the upper house.
The party had been in favour of referring the Seanad's future to the Constitutional Convention rather than holding a referendum.
And party leader Gerry Adams even told the Dail just three months ago that abolishing the Seanad was part of the Government's "power grabbing" rather than real political reform.
But at the launch of its campaign to abolish the Seanad, Sinn Fein finance spokesman Pearse Doherty said his party did not have a change of heart.
"We clearly argued in our manifesto at the last election for the abolition of the Seanad in its current form," he said.