Seanad referendum

Fianna Fáil: We put forward arguments which demolished Fine Gael and Sinn Féin

Niall Collins said that the party is not taking anything for granted but is encouraged by the results of tallies coming in from around the country.

FIANNA FÁIL BELIEVES its “coherent arguments” helped to “demolish” those put forward by Fine Gael and Sinn Féin as the Seanad abolition referendum looks increasingly likely to be defeated.

The party’s diretor of elections Niall Collins said that though it is not taking any for granted it is “encouraged” with a “distinct momentum towards a No vote” having emerged in recent days.

Collins said as the debate broadened out question marks rose about Fine Gael’s claim that €20 million would be saved and he criticised the populist position the parties advocating a Yes vote took on getting rid of politicians.

“I think deep down, the people within Ireland, they value their political institutions, their democratic systems. Nobody was arguing for the status quo,” Collins said, adding that political reform “has to be top of the agenda”.

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