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# Scrap the Seanad?

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# Opinion Poll
First major opinion poll shows 52pc in favour of scrapping Seanad
The Europinions poll for TV3, with a margin of error of 3pc, cites the cost of the chamber as the main reason to close it.
# Seanad
Hogan appoints five-member panel to oversee Seanad referendum
The Referendum Commission will be chaired by Justice Elizabeth Dunne, whenever the Oireachtas passes the referendum bill.
# Seanad
Explainer: What else will change if we scrap the Seanad?
The formal legislation to change the Constitution and delete the Seanad is out today. So what’s in it?
# Political Reform
Government announces Dáil reform plans if Seanad is scrapped
A referendum to overhaul the Oireachtas and abolish the Seanad is planned for early October.
# Seanad
A new Vice President, and other things that happen if the Seanad is scrapped
We have a look at how the constitution may need rewriting if the second House of the Oireachtas is binned.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the Seanad be saved, abolished or reformed?
The Seanad turns 90 today. Should it be put out to pasture, given a new lease of life, or left as it is?
# rebellion
Three Labour senators break ranks over plan to scrap Seanad
The three senators are now likely to be kicked out of the Labour Parliamentary Party after supporting an opposition motion.
# Defeated
Government defeated – twice – in Seanad votes over reform talks
Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and independent members join forces to force a debate on circumventing plans to scrap the Seanad.
# The Law
26 bills - but no referendums - on government's list of Spring bills
The government’s draft agenda for the Dáil’s spring term includes 26 bills to be published, and another 25 currently in draft.
# Scrap the Seanad?
Referendum on Seanad 'unlikely', says Greens' Boyle
The Green Party chairman – and deputy leader of the Seanad – says he doesn’t think the Seanad will allow for a referendum.
# Your Say
Poll: Should we scrap the Seanad entirely?
There could be a referendum on the way to scrap the upper house of the OIreachtas. What’s your opinion on it?
# Scrap the Seanad?
Vote to scrap Seanad could be held within months
The government admits it is to discuss holding a referendum scrapping the upper house on the same day as the next election.