Friday 24 November 2017

John Drennan: Seanad 'is being shut by stealth'

John Drennan

John Drennan

The government is obstructing attempts by the Seanad to conduct serious legislative business as part of a campaign of "shutting down the Seanad by stealth" the Fianna Fail Seanad leader Darragh O'Brien has claimed.

The allegation comes in the wake of a series of rows where what has been seen as "deliberate snubs'' by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and government ministers has reduced relations between the Government and all parties in the Seanad to breaking point.

Relations have not been enhanced by ferocious exchanges between an increasingly independent House and querulous ministers such as Alan Shatter.

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