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?