Wednesday 21 March 2018

SEANAD ABOLITION NO: Vote No and press for real reforms in Dail chamber

Reject the attempt by this arrogant Government to tighten its vice-like grip on power, writes Niall Collins

Niall Collins

The news independently confirmed yesterday that the Fine Gael anti-Seanad campaign has been both dishonest and misleading about the potential €20m saving, is the latest in a litany of political falsehoods that has littered the path of Enda Kenny's government.

When the Irish people voted for Fine Gael and Labour in 2011, they did so in record numbers. There were many reasons for this, but one of them was the promise that both parties made to transform politics. The people wanted radical reform of the political system so that lessons could be learned from the economic crisis and to prevent the same mistakes being made again.

This promise, like so many others, has been betrayed. Instead of genuine reform that increased the opportunities to challenge bad laws, open up the democratic process and make ministers more accountable, the Government moved in the opposite direction.

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