Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has said the Seanad has acted as a rubber stamp for all of the policies that have led to our economic crisis.
He said the Seanad rubber stamped the Fianna Fáil policies the facilitated the property boom including tax breaks for developers and the deregulation of the sector.
Speaking from Leinster House today Senator Cullinane said;
“We hear from those who want to retain the Seanad that it acts as a check on the policies coming from the Dáil yet it has rubber stamped all of the policies that have led to our economic crisis.
“This includes the Fianna Fáil policies that facilitated the property boom including tax breaks for developers and all the bills that loosened the regulation of the property sector.
“The Seanad has rubber stamped the last six austerity budgets from Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour which have caused untold hardships for families and communities across the state.
“The argument that the Seanad acts as a check on policies coming from the Dáil does not stand up to scrutiny. It simply acts as a rubber stamp for the policies coming from the government of the day.
“We should get rid of this undemocratic institution and I urge everyone to vote yes for its abolition next week.”