Fine Gael promise to abolish Seanad

The Fine Gael Leader, Enda Kenny TD, has told a party function tonight that he will abolish the Irish Senate and reduce the number of TDs by 20 if he wins the next general election. He claims this would save the tax payer €150 million in a Dail term. The move would require a constitutional amendment.

Seanad reform is long overdue but this strikes me as a populist move which could lead to the baby being thrown out with the parliamentary bath water.