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The Taoiseach said the Seanad did nothing to challenge the excess of the Celtic Tiger and was outmoded.

Mr Kenny said all the Scandinavian countries had abolished their second chambers.

He said other systems, such as New Zealand, had shown it is perfectly possible to introduce checks and balances in a single-chamber parliament.

Mr Kenny said the abolition of the Seanad, along with the reduction by eight in the number of TDs, would mean a reduction of almost one third in the number of public representatives.

…Fianna Fáil has said it will campaign against the abolition of the Seanad.

The party favours reform of the upper chamber and Dara Calleary said abolishing the Seanad would lead to “less accountability and less transparency”.

…Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane said the Government’s approach to Seanad reform is “ill-considered and rash”.


Govt publishes details of Seanad abolition referendum RTE)

Previously: Checks And Balance

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