I don't mind telling the nation today that I voted with relish for the abolition of the Seanad on Friday, October 4, 2013. As someone who had been reporting daily on the activities of our Oireachtas, I had seen enough in 13 years to satisfy myself that it had to go.
I didn't see the need for a second chamber in a small republic, where all are considered equal. And certainly not a second house (needlessly aping a British system where lords balanced commoners) where there is no universal suffrage.
In fact, the upper house here is an amalgam of boroughs that recall the very worst of the system across the water. There are also 11 direct appointments by the Taoiseach to ensure a Government majority - but this in itself encourages cronyism.
It often means individuals rejected at the polls are sent into the Senate by the Taoiseach - and paid with the people's money. A lot of it.
Some 48.2pc of the electorate sided with me on Enda Kenny's abolition proposal, but 51.7pc thought it a step too far.
Senators who did not want to be abolished led a stout rearguard action against that happening. They persuaded the Irish people the upper house acted as a check on the Dáil, and a second pair of eyes over vital legislation. And the status quo was retained.
It was said that the right thing to do was not to abolish, but to reform, the Senate.
People who sounded like the Conscientious Concerned agreed it was wrong that only councillors and university graduates should elect one House of the Oireachtas.
All citizens would get a vote under the reforms, they promised.
Some of those on the losing side knew, however, that there has been promised Senate reform for as long as the Senate has been around.
There has been no reform.
It is now just short of seven years since the referendum and nothing has changed.
Nothing changed in Irish life when the Senate was not sitting earlier this year, under a Covid cloud and a constitutional question as to whether it could meet when there was no Taoiseach to make the necessary appointments.
And nothing changed with the expenses… they were still paid out to senators, even though they were not travelling to the Senate, because there was no Senate.
An Irish Independent question to all senators in receipt of expenses for April and May, via their official email addresses, produced exactly no politician putting their head above the parapet.
One who can walk tall is Ivana Bacik, who has never taken attendance expenses. Malcolm Byrne says he waived the money, but he's still shown as paid for April and May.
We must trust, however, that senators (who may now be on holidays), upon realising that they were paid over €6,000 in expenses in many cases for no sittings attended, will take pity on the taxpayer when it comes time to reconcile their 2020 attendance… next January.
No doubt they will. Just as when we retained the Senate in 2013, we must simply wait and trust that reform and basic fairness will arrive in due course.