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In October 2013, the Irish people rejected the proposed abolition of the Seanad. I, along with Senator Feargal Quinn, Senator Katherine Zappone and others, campaigned for its retention on the promise that Seanad Éireann could be reformed into a vibrant and dynamic chamber with an important role to play in Irish democracy.
That reform is yet to take place, and my objective in the Upper House is to make it happen. During my time as Attorney General, Minister for Justice, and Tánaiste, I witnessed first-hand the thoughtful and insightful contributions of senators from across the political spectrum. This experience underscored to me the ability of Seanad Éireann to make a valuable contribution to the legislative process.
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