Fine Gael Seanad Chief Whip and Kerry Senator, Paul Coghlan, has today (Wednesday 9th October 2013) siad that it's time that the Seanad got back to businesss following last week's referendum, saying that there is a busy session of the House ahead with the Budget, Finance and Social Protection Bills to be debated.
"The Seanad has a busy schedule ahead and it is important that we put last week's referendum behind us and get back to the meaningful business of running the Seanad.
"Next week's budget, as well as the upcoming Finance and Social Protection Bills, are important pieces of work and it is the duty of the House to examine each aspect of these bills thoroughly. This House has done a lot of good work through the public consultation process and through other intiatives of this Seanad. It is important that we continue this work for the people of this country.
"I also welcome the results of the referendum on the Court of Appeal. This is an important and significant reform of the judicial system and I hope to see the court in operation as soon as is feasibly possible. We are all too aware of the delays people face in having appeals heard under the current system".