THERE IS JUST under a month to go until the people of Ireland are asked whether or not they want to abolish the Seanad.
The referendum campaign is now in full flow with those in favour of abolition arguing that the upper house is elitist, undemocratic and unnecessary and that its abolition will save as much as €100 million over five years.
Opponents of abolition say the Seanad provides an important check on the government and the Dáil, does not actually cost as much as is being claimed and that a retained and eventually reformed house would be a vital element of our legislature.
But the only question is whether or not to abolish or retain the Seanad. So today, we ask: Do you want to abolish the Seanad?