Cash-strapped Ireland asks voters to back closure of Senate
DUBLIN (AP) - Irish government leaders have issued final appeals to voters to back the abolition of the country's Senate, an upper parliamentary chamber long decried as elitist and ineffective, in a cost-cutting move.
Most opposition lawmakers support the government's constitutional amendment to close the 60-senator chamber.
But the proposal requires public support in Friday's referendum. Results are expected on Saturday.
Opponents, chiefly in the opposition Fianna Fail party, argue the government is seeking to centralise its own powers by removing an Upper House that scrutinises and occasionally delays the passage of bills. They reject the government's campaign promise that closing the Senate would save 20 million euros (S$34 million) annually.