Monday 11 December 2017

Sinn Fein to distribute 500,000 leaflets in campaign to abolish the Seanad

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

SINN Fein has promised to distribute 500,000 leaflets in its campaign to abolish the "privilege and elitism" in the Seanad.

The party had been in favour of  referring the Seanad's future to the Constitutional Convention but then came out in support of abolishing it when this was turned down by the Government.

Sinn Fein finance spokesman Pearse Doherty said the Seanad had consistently supported the Government and had failed to reform itself.

"There can be no place in a real republic, based on equality, for an elected office to which only a tiny percentage of the population have the right to vote," he said.

Around 43 of the 60 Senators are elected by councillors, TDs and Senators themselves, six are elected by university graduates and 11 are chosen by the Taoiseach. Sinn Fein is pitting itself against the other main opposition party Fianna  Fail - which is campaigning to save the Seanad.

Sinn Fein Senators David Cullinane and Katherine Reilly both said they were in favour of abolishing the Seanad - and had run for it themselves to increase their party's representation against the Government in Leinster House.

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