The idea of abolishing the Senate may seem a good thing on the surface but, if we are going to have a constitutional referendum on the number of politicians, why not look elsewhere too. A smaller Dail of 100 TDs and a small senate as an upper house at pay rates that are closer to the Euro average would be a better move.
In Britain, MPs are paid around €70,000 compared to our €100,000. Much rationalisation could take place and it could be a start in getting broad acceptance in reforming the public finances.
Enda Kenny will need to look wider than just the Senate in his reforming zeal but at least he is giving some correct signals. Having some form of Upper House is a check on Parliament if there is a Government with a huge majority and it has some benefits.
The President and Council of State is another check.
Let the debate we begin.