08:05 Wednesday 11 September 2013

AUDIO: USI to launch 'No' vote campaign

The USI is to launch its campaign today calling for a 'No' Vote in the Seanad Referendum.

The country will go to the polls next month to decide if the upper house of parliament should be abolished

Joe O'Connor the President of the Union of Student in Ireland says the Seanad should be improved, not scrapped:This comes on the back of yesterday's news where Fianna Fail said the abolition of the Seanad would simply result in greater power for the government. The party launched a campaign calling on people to vote No in the upcoming referendum.

Fianna Fail is to spend €80,000 erecting 4,000 posters nationwide and distributing one million leaflets.

It has also been revealed that the Referendum Commission has been given €3.3 million for an information campaign on the upcoming referendums.

Two million guides are to be sent to homes around the country, while voters can check the electoral register through Facebook.

The proposals to abolish the Seanad and to set up a new Court of Appeal will be voted on Friday October 4th.

The Chairperson of the Referendum Commission has said she does not believe the full budget will be spent.

Meanwhile the leader of the Fianna Fail party Micheal Martin wants the Upper House retained and reformed to ensure sufficient parliamentary scrutiny of legislation.

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John Alexander O'Dowd
8:05 11 Sep 2013
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