SF defends Seanad abolition plans
Sinn Fein is dismissing claims that the abolition of the Seanad is a power grab by the government.
The party's dismissing arguments from David Norris that scrapping the Seanad would make it easier for the government to sack the President.
The abolition of the Seanad would mean that only the support of a fixed number of TDs would be needed to impeach the President or a judge.
But Sinn Féin senator David Cullinane says those powers have never been used.
"How likely is a Seanad that is dominated by Fine Gael and Labour going to impeach a president, and how likely is that to happen in the first place?" he said.
"So these are not really reasons why we should keep a second chamber that is undemocratic and elitist."
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