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Vote gives Seanad rare chance to prove its worth before public decides its fate

'I THINK this is a chance for the Seanad to stand up and be counted," Independent senator Marie-Louise O'Donnell told this newspaper last week when outlining why she would be voting against the social welfare bill.

Funny, then, that a Fine Gael source was using the same rationale – the survival of a Seanad facing Madame La Guillotine – as a reason why wavering senators should vote for the bill.

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