Seanad distraction belies Kenny’s real ambitions

Enda Kenny grabbed the headlines last week with his call to abolish the Senate, but the Fine Gael leader must get onto firmer terrain if he wants to copperfasten his ambitions of becoming Taoiseach

24th October, 2009

There is hardly a person involved in professional politics who denies that the Seanad should either be drastically reformed or abolished altogether. But they were still taken aback by Enda Kenny’s abrupt announcement at the Fine Gael presidential dinner last weekend that he would seek to abolish the second chamber entirely.

The fact is that - whatever its founding intention, and whatever the academic arguments for a second chamber - the Senate’s principal...

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