Labour senators are mobilising to campaign against the Seanad's abolition. They are also insisting that there is "an understanding" with party leader Eamon Gilmore that they have a free vote on the Seanad's future.
A tense meeting is expected on Tuesday between Labour senators and party chief whip Emmet Stagg in the wake of an embarrassing defeat for the government on a Seanad motion.
Senator John Whelan, who contested unsuccessfully in Laois Offaly, said that...
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