Democracy's the victim if Seanad is abolished

The Seanad is an important part of the law making process and a counterweight to the government, writes Katherine Zappone.

31st August, 2013
The Seanad has long been a site where new ideas for law and policy have been generated.

In light of recent polls, optimism is rising that the unwarranted referendum on the abolition of the Seanad will fail next October.

I welcome this development. I strongly argue that the Seanad is in need of reform, but it is most definitely not in need of abolition. To abolish the institution without setting out how its functions are to be replaced is beyond folly - it is simply dangerous to democracy in this state.

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