The country goes to the polls on Friday to decide the future of the Seanad.
Voters will be given two option on the ballot paper - to abolish or to retain. The Seanad has been described as a creche for aspiring politicians and a graveyard for others.
Some argue that the Taoiseach claims the Upper House has shown itself incapable of reform, yet no serious attempt has been made to clear the dust gathered on hundreds of shelved reform proposals.
It may be a populous stunt from Fine Gael or it could be chance for the people’s voice to be heard. Both views have merits.
Ultimately, local senators go to the polls to decide on the future of their workplace.
Very few people in today’s Ireland would vote to abolish their place of work.
Some senators claim they will do just that.
Although, the secret ballot is a great democratic right. The Dundalk Democrat spoke to both past and present senators on the issue.
Labour Senator Mary Moran will be voting no in Fridays referendum. Voting against her party’s view to abolish the Seanad, Mary understands the importance of the house.
“This is an incomplete referendum,” Moran told the Democrat, “There is no option for reform on the ballot paper. The people should have an option if they want a reformed Seanad.
“I am going against the party line. I made it clear to the Tanaiste that I was disappointed that no option of reform was being put to the people.
“The whip has been relaxed regarding the referendum.”
Mary has not heard a comprehensive reason to abolish the Seanad.
“Poor arguments are being made to abolish the house,” said Moran, “The figures that would be saved don’t add up.
“I would possibly review my situation if I knew the money was going back into services such as education or disability, but it will be swallowed by the Oireachtas.”
Mary understands that reform is needed.
“It has to be reformed. The way people are appointed to the house needs to change. I respect the peoples voice, but if the Seanad is abolished power will be in a small number of hands.
“I won’t be the only senator voting to keep the Seanad.”