Ronan Mullen: Senators need to show a bit of gumption
Facing down the beast of Dail authoritarianism would prove to the public why the Seanad matters.
HERE'S a reason not to abolish the Seanad: As much as it has underperformed to date, we'd be far worse off with just a Dail dominated by Enda Kenny and his handlers.
A government with a large majority, no interest in keeping election promises, happy to manipulate the public with soundbites and with zero respect for parliamentary procedure? Need proof?
The way it guillotined Dail debate on the Seanad referendum legislation, denying TDs the chance to debate the merits or propose amendments. Margaret Thatcher bringing her cabinet ministers to dinner comes to mind.