Seanad Éireann lives on – Irish government proposals defeated by 51.7% to 48.3%

Common sense has prevailed and the magician’s diversionary trick of proposing to remove the Seanad Éireann has been voted down by a tiny majority.

The Fine Gael Labour coalition government proposal was supported by Sinn Féin and was lost by a narrow margin, with 48.3% voting in favour of abolition, with 51.7% against.

Any guesses to how long we’ll wait before meaningful reforms of the Seanad will be put in place?

Alan Meban. Normally to be found blogging over at Alan in Belfast where you’ll find an irregular set of postings, weaving an intricate pattern around a diverse set of subjects. Comment on cinema, books, technology and the occasional rant about life. On Slugger, the posts will mainly be about political events and processes. Tweets as @alaninbelfast.