- 06 Aug 13
The debate about the future of the second house of parliament is underway. But the real issue is: how can we improve the nature of our democracy?
So, a date has been set for the referendum to abolish the Senate. The battle lines are emerging. On the one hand, there’s the cost issue – though, as some have already pointed out, it’s not actually that expensive to run. There’s the history – although again, much of it is padding. The decision by Sinn Fein to promote a Yes vote lends an interesting note, since the other big opposition party, Fianna Fail, wants to retain the status quo. It is, as they say, all to play for…