Tuesday 24 October 2017

Senators should put public interest first

THE declared intention of some of the senators contacted for your survey yesterday to oppose any referendum to abolish the Upper House came as no surprise.

Dare one hope that when they reflect on it -- statesmen and women that they are -- they will see the big picture and maybe change their minds in the public interest.

The Seanad, after all, was set up by de Valera in the mid-1930s on clearly defined vocational principles in deference, it has to be said, to the mood of the time.

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