Abolition of the Seanad will make 'considerable' saving, Taoiseach claims

The Taoiseach is defending the Government’s estimate on possible savings to be achieved by the abolition of the Seanad.

Abolition of the Seanad will make 'considerable' saving, Taoiseach claims

The Taoiseach is defending the Government’s estimate on possible savings to be achieved by the abolition of the Seanad.

Figures given by the Oireachtas Commission state the abolition could lead to €20m being saved.

However, a group of Fine Gael senators claim the actual figure would be far less and have called for the Government to outline where the savings can be achieved.

Mr Kenny said €20m was the initial estimated sum, but as the debate continues a more accurate figure will be reached.

Speaking to Ocean FM in Sligo yesterday evening, Mr Kenny said the abolition of the Seanad would result in considerable savings over a 10-year period.

"The figures I quoted in the Dáil in leader's questions recently … were the figures given by the Oireachtas Commission itself," he said.

"Between all the pay elements, the staff elements, the administrative elements … it's actually difficult to put an exact figure on this, but the saving over a 10-year period would be very considerable."

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