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At last, the Government has published the 32nd Amendment to the Constitution - which is to be put to Referendum this autumn. If ratified, the Seanad ceases to exist from midnight on the day before the Dáil first meets after the next General Election.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that the Seanad is out-dated and does not represent modern Ireland.
The Taoiseach said the referendum on setting up a new Court of Appeal, as a buffer between the High Court and the Supreme Court, would be held on the same day this autumn, and claimed that the abolition of the Seanad would save about €20 million a year. He and the Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore, added that members of the government parties – including those in the current Seanad – would be expected to vote in favour of the legislation to abolish the Seanad.We consider that Ireland has simply too many politicians for its size, we have to question the very relevance of a second chamber. If the last decade of misrule has proven anything it is that modern Ireland cannot be governed effectively by a political system originally designed for 19th century Britain. The Seanad did nothing to challenge the unobtainable policies of the Celtic Tiger.
The ‘Democracy Matters’ group, which has been set up to oppose the abolition of the Seanad, described the plans as “constitutional vandalism, and a cynical power grab dressed up as reform”. One of its members, independent Seanad nominee Katherine Zappone, said the proposal “solves none of the problems of the broken system which gave us our current crisis, but instead makes our broken system, more centralised, more whipped and more controlled by government and less accountable.”
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