Seats of discontent

Proposals to hold a referendum on the Seanad on the same day as the general election are mere diversionary tactics from a struggling government

8th January, 2011
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If anyone doubted the opportunism at the heart of Fianna Fáil’s mutterings about abolishing the Seanad, they need only scroll through the Constitution to get a sense of the task involved in scrapping the Upper House.

Seanad Eireann is mentioned 68 times in the Constitution, and its abolition would involve an elaborate exercise to examine its impact on other Dáil legislation.

When Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny first proposed a...

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