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Seanad abolition is the only real reform of an irredeemable institution
We should not willingly walk into a constitutional no-man’s land.
So even if it doesn’t matter much in terms of policy outputs, the Seanad is deleterious to the separation of powers between the executive and legislature. Party leaders use the promise of a senate seat as a way of building up the cadre of party loyalists.
the Seanad is a mechanism through which parties create professiona lpoliticians (as a place for training would-be candidates and a soft landing for those defeated candidates)
Seanad abolition is no threat to our democracy. More an opportunity
This proposal to abolish the Seanad is about a further narrowing of democracy, a frightening example of an anti-intellectual commitment to a shrinking republic
If successful, it will result in a mutilation of the Constitution and allows abolitionists to continue in the dereliction of their duty;
The proposal to abolish checks, revisions and the rectifying of mistakes, is the very opposite of reform and a ‘democratic revolution’. It is aggressively anti-democratic and a populist but dangerous deflection from the hard work of real reform.
The very fact that the government is refusing to even consider reform is reason enough to reject the proposed abolition.
I would personally more be in favour of reform first.
The Seanad’s PRIMARY function is to provide an emergency parachute for failed TDs.
A reformed Seanad is a positive response to the fiscal crisis and loss of sovereignty.
A reformed Seanad could continue to champion the voluntary sector.
Abolishing the Seanad has a number of knock-on effects on the Dail, Presidency ..... Abolition has to take place in the context of a wider reform of these other institutions. Otherwise, all it will achieve is to strengthen the power of the Executive.
If the Dail ever becomes so effective and democratic that it can carry all roles on its own, then, and only then, should we decide to abolish the Seanad.
All reform has proved impossible because the Senate has become a creature of the party political system.
We should abolish the Seanad because change is too difficult.
The case is compelling for moving on from the Senate which is undemocratic in its base and has been ineffective over its lifetime.
The Seanad doesn't matter either way. I couldn't care less what happens to it.
The Seanad simply duplicates the work of the Dail, in weaker form.
There is a threat to our special rate of corporation tax.  There is no doubt that Germany, a persistent critic of Ireland’s low rate, will find it easier to force change in Ireland if the Seanad is abolished.
How can it be a power-grab if the Seanad has no power?
The idea that Seanad can be remodeled to hold Dail to account is ridiculous.
Everybody here is white Caucasian and there are no members of the Traveller community. There is a bias towards the upper and middle classes, and all this means the House is not representative of our citizens.
We in this House carry out a very important role. We should not run hastily to abolish it.

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