Ireland rejects PM's plan to scrap senate
DUBLIN (AFP) - Irish voters narrowly rejected a plan to abolish the upper house of parliament in a surprise referendum result on Saturday that dealt a blow to Prime Minister Enda Kenny.
Mr Kenny had personally led the campaign to get rid of the senate, saying that it would save money for the bailed-out euro zone nation and reform a sclerotic political system.
Final results from Friday's poll revealed 51.7 per cent voted in favour of keeping the senate while 48.3 per cent wanted to scrap it.
Turnout was just 39.2 per cent with about 1.2 million voters.