The polls got it so wrong. it seems that everybody was out-of-touch with the electorate.
But senator Mary Moran believes that this referendum showed democracy at its best.
“I was getting numerous texts from people in the final days of the campaign,” Senator Moran said, “which gave me an indication that a lot of people were truly concerned about the proposal to abolish the Seanad.
“People were really giving it some thought.”
Senator Moran defied her own Labour Party and campaigned for the Seanad to be maintained but reformed.
And it seems that that is what the people also want.
She has been one of the most active members of An Seanad.
Her contributions put her among the top three or four senators and she is head of the list when it comes to women speaking in the Seanad.
Senators Jim D’Arcy and Terry Brennan have also taken their roles seriously.
Jim D’Arcy has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help get the Narrow Water Bridge project underway and Terry Brennan has hardly missed a sitting and has pointed out that many bills that have become law originated in the Seanad.