A Dublin-based Labour Party TD, Eamonn Maloney, has called for the speedy abolition of the "irrelevant, elitist" Seanad.
The government has indicated that a referendum on whether or not to abolish the Seanad will be held later this year.
"The Seanad is not a democratic institution and never has been," said Maloney, a TD for Dublin South West. "It has developed into a political quango and for the Irish taxpayer, an expensive one... plans to...
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