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Doherty calls for Seanad reform

5 March, 2009 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Speaking in the Seanad today Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty called on the Government to reform the Seanad and eliminate duplication between the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament. Senator Doherty said many members of the public perceive the Seanad to be irrelevant.

He said, "Senators must recognise that many members of the public perceive this House to be irrelevant. Seanad reform, for which all of us have argued, has not taken place. The issue is usually the set piece debate on the first day of each new Seanad. The Government needs to take the bull by the horns by reforming the Seanad and eliminating duplication between the Upper House and the Lower House." ENDS

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