Martin: Abolition of Seanad will 'cement absolute ministerial control' over politics
on 10/09/2013 12:19:30
The party is today launching a campaign calling on people to vote NO in the upcoming referendum on October 4.
Fianna Fáil is to spend €80,000 - erecting 4,000 posters nationwide and distributing one million leaflets.
The party leader Micheál Martin wants the upper house retained and reformed to ensure sufficient parliamentary scrutiny of legislation.
"If passed this amendment will deliver no reform to the substance of Irish politics," he said.
"In fact it will make matters worse because it will cement absolute ministerial control over the political system and it will mark the formal end of any chance of achieving real political reform."