By asking people to Vote YES, on October 4th, Fine Gael, Labour and Sinn Fein are asking for people to go far beyond abolition of the Seanad.
1. abolish the Seanad.
2. remove all reference to the Seanad from the constitution.
This is clearly an attempt to grab power not from other parts of the Oireachtas but from the people. Article 27 and article 47.2, which the Government is also seeking to delete, invest in the people real power to veto legislation that contains proposals of national importance.
In Government Fine Gael has demonstrated absolute intolerance of any criticism. They have craftily manipulated and maneuvered and when all else failed expelled all dissenting voices.
Their disdain for democracy does not deserve to be rewarded with greater dictatorial powers. Sinn Fein’s collusion with Fine Gael on this issue is motivated entirely by their ambition for dictatorial type powers if they get into government in the future.
We should demand real reform. Please Vote No on October 4th 2013.