Senator Mary Moran is to seek a meeting with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny on reformation of the Dail.
“Needless to say I am absolutely delighted that a No vote was returned by the people of Louth and also on a national basis.
“As I have stated from the outset we need our second chamber to scrutinise and strengthen our legislation.
“However in my opinion the Seanad does need reform and I hope that the result yesterday will start the real debate on how we can reform the upper house.
“I will now be seeking a meeting with the Taoiseach as a matter of urgency to discuss the implementation of real reform and I look forward to debating the issue in the house during the week.
“I had been getting the views of the people on the ground all along and was delighted that the response to my argument to keep the Seanad was always very positive.
The Fine Gael-Sinn Fein arguments were always very thin and misinformed.
“I think the senators who had been publicly advocating a Yes vote now have some serious soul searching to do.
“In my opinion if I did not believe my job was worthwhile or the Seanad was a useful institution I would not continue to stay there.
“Indeed I would never have taken my seat.
“These senators who advocated a Yes vote must now decide whether they can in good conscience remain,” senator Moran said.