Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone spoke today about the Seanad referendum result, saying that “the result is a clear endorsement for real, meaningful reform and has started the most meaningful conversation about political reform in the history of the State”.
Senator Noone said: “The Taoiseach put the question to the people as he promised he would do and, in doing so, showed political courage and the ability to start a conversation about reform that has been sorely lacking for the last 75 years and was avoided by successive Governments, including under the Ahern and Cowen Government’s under which Micheal Martin served as a Minister. This is yet another election promise that has been delivered on”.
Senator Noone continued: “Real reform is now inevitable and is something that we in the Senate need to look at. There can be no question that this vote was not a vote to maintain the status quo, and that real, meaningful reform has to now take place”.
Senator Noone concluded: “This work is too important to be divisive. All parties now need to come together and work on proposals for meaningful reform. The important thing for now though is that we ensure that the status quo doesn’t prevail and that the will of the people is respected”.