Yes, the Dail sits longer and even sits on the odd Friday to vote down private members bills.
But guillotines are normal, 5am sittings and because a Few TDs voted on a matter of principle (whether you agree with them or not) they lost chairmanships and MEMBERSHIP of committees because the executive decided so. Even the executive power has tightened around 4 members of the cabinet - contrary to the constitution (perhaps the junior cabinet ministers should take a pay cut?)
If the executive dominates the legislature so much why would anyone bar insiders and idiots want to weaken the legislature now?
Is it naive for a government to think the people will trust its promise of reform, given its record to date?
Why the dickens didn't they reform the Seanad in the first two years of office eg review eu laws, review government appointments (as if), extend its electorate from certain colleges and county councillors?
And why now? The government - and Seanad - have two plus more years, regardless of the result. What reform can we expect?