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Labour Party Senators vote against government on Seanad motion

20 June, 2012 - by David Cullinane TD


The Government’s arrogant and ill thought approach to the future of the Seanad needs to be re-evaluated, according to Sinn Fein group leader in the Seanad, David Cullinane.

Senator Cullinane was responding to the passing in the Seanad of a cross party motion, which called on the government to put the question of the future of the Seanad to the Constitional Convention. The motion was passed despite the opposition of the government.

Senator Cullinane said;

“Today’s vote is a clear message to the Government. Its approach to the future of the Seanad has been arrogant and ill thought out, and it needs to reconsider the issue.

“Sinn Féin believes that the Seanad as currently constituted is not fit for purpose, and is undemocratic. However, simple abolition, without even considering reform is not the solution.

“It is clearly appropriate and sensible that this issue should be referred to the Constitutional Convention, and we call on the government to accept the outcome of today’s vote.”

Senator Cullinane also noted that a number of Labour Senators voted against the government on the motion.

He said:

“I am pleased that several Labour Party Senators voted against the motion, and commend them for doing so. However, it is to be regretted that they have waited to long to break the whip, rather than doing so on the Household Charge, the Budget or the Social Welfare Bill, or any other issue which affected ordinary people, and instead waited for an issue which affected them personally.”

ENDS

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