Speaking following the defeat of the referendum to abolish the Seanad, Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams said:
"The people have spoken and the referendum proposal has been rejected.
"The low voter turnout should be a cause of concern for all political leaders and the underlying causes analysed and addressed.
"All participants and parties involved in the referendum campaign were clear in saying that the Seanad in its current form is elitist, undemocratic and unacceptable.
"This result cannot be viewed as a vote to retain the Seanad in its present form.
"The Government must now move swiftly to refer the issue of the future of the Seanad to the Constitutional Convention.
"The need for reform, not just of the Seanad, but of the Dáil and Local Government is overwhelming and must now be a priority.
"This is what Sinn Féin will be pressing for in the immediate period ahead".