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Don't abolish Seanad, reform it

Promoters of the abolition of the Seanad so easily forget that it was the deficiency in the oversight function which has resulted in the current financial crisis.

A reformed Seanad would, in addition to performing the role originally envisaged for it, afford the development of new oversight functions which would better protect the interests of citizens.

In this regard, there is an urgent need for a better mechanism of scrutiny of draft EU legislation and subsequent monitoring following implementation. The Seanad as constituted at present is indefensible but failure to reform it as an essential protection for citizens is equally indefensible.

Marian Harkin MEP

Irish Independent