Louth Fine Gael Senator Jim D’Arcy will follow his party’s stance on the abolition of the Seanad.
Essentially, he is voting to abolish his current workplace.
“I acknowledge that as a Fine Gael parliamentary member, I am expected to follow the party line and support the Fine Gael position to abolish the Seanad,” D’Arcy told the Democrat.
“The Seanad has been very productive with over 520 amendments, so the suggestion the Seanad does not contribute is utterly wrong. We enhance and improve legalisation.”
The Blackrock man believes the private members bill would not have happened if the Seanad did not exist.
“The house has a vision of the what the country should be like,” said Jim, “There have been a number of reports on how the Seanad could be reformed. Had it been reformed earlier in time, I don’t think we would be putting the abolition of the Seanad to a referendum.
“I think its terrible that it hasn’t been reformed previously.”
The former school principal added that he is not in an awkward position.
“When I was appointed to the Seanad, I was aware that the Taoiseach would be putting this to the people. It’s time for the people to vote.”