Saturday 16 December 2017

Lucinda Creighton: Now voters have let the Seanad off the hook, it's time to let it off leash

Upper House vital in EU dealings, says Lucinda Creighton

Lucinda Creighton
Lucinda Creighton

Lucinda Creighton

There is much talk about Seanad reform in the aftermath of the defeat of the Seanad abolition referendum at the weekend. Reform is not just desirable; it is necessary and urgent.

In Dublin South East, the constituency which I represent in Dail Eireann, a No vote of 61.33pc was achieved. This was the highest No vote in the country. Of course, this rejection of the proposal to abolish the Seanad can be interpreted in many ways.

From my own experience listening to my neighbours and constituents in recent weeks, it was clear to me that the primary reason was a strong desire for genuine reform of the entire political system.

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