Saturday 24 February 2018

Seanad still has a lot to offer our democracy

* The furore over the remarks made by Senator David Norris has marked the beginning of what will be a robust discussion leading up to the referendum to abolish the Seanad.

To suggest that the Seanad has outlived its usefulness is shortsighted. Somebody more suspicious than I might suggest that the referendum is nothing more than an opportunistic power-grab in straitened economic times.

The report launched by Fine Gael's Richard Bruton and Regina Doherty seeks to suggest that €20m might be saved with abolition of the Upper House. However, what it fails to highlight is that such savings would take years to materialise given the contractual and statutory entitlements vis-a-vis pensions etc.

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