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Seanad referendum

'Fundamentally undemocratic': Ex-Labour TDs want Yes vote in Seanad referendum

Róisín Shortall, Patrick Nulty and Tommy Broughan want people to vote Yes in just over a week’s time.

YouTube: Hugh O’Connell

FORMER LABOUR TDs including ex-junior health minister Róisín Shortall are calling for a Yes vote in the Seanad referendum next week.

Dublin-based deputies Shortall, Patrick Nulty and Tommy Broughan have said that the upper house needs to be abolished criticising its current set-up and dismissing any possibility of reform saying an elected house would be ‘a second Dáil’.

Shortall said today: “We believe that that’s the way to go. If the Seanad was to disappear in the morning I don’t think it would make any difference to our political system at all.”

(Watch their views in full above)

Read: “I’ll debate anyone, anywhere” – Richard Bruton

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