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Informed debate on the future of the Seanad required – McLellan

18 June, 2013


Speaking in the Dail tonight on the abolition of the Seanad, the Sinn Fein TD for Cork East Sandra McLellan said;

“Right now we need more democracy, not less. Having said that I do acknowledge that there are serious problems with the Seanad.

“Abolishing the Seanad without reform of local government and reform of the Dáil needs to be seen for what it is – a cynical step by right wing conservative politicians to control and stymie opposition and a blatant and vulgar grab for power.

“But yet again it would appear that the people are to be presented with an either or scenario.

“Abolish the Seanad, or keep it as it is – and that’s the end of that.

“There is no talk of reform or indeed of the possibilities of what a reformed and reinvented Seanad could do for Irish democracy.

“Irish people need, deserve, and are entitled to have a robust and informed debate about what type of society it is that we want live in.

“In a mature democracy this is the debate we should be having.”

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