Corruption and the Seanad - Taoiseach’s topics at MacGill

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has warned that corruption in politics will no longer go unpunished and promised to hold a referendum on the abolition of the Seanad.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has warned that corruption in politics will no longer go unpunished and promised to hold a referendum on the abolition of the Seanad.

He made the remarks at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties yesterday, where he was a guest speaker on the topic of Reforming and Rebuilding Our State.

In his address, he said he accepts the Moriarty Report “in its entirety”.

He warned: “There will be no more doubt, no more suspicion between business and politics. And as for corrupt politicians themselves – the days of getting away with it are now over. If convicted of a corruption offence, Oireachtas members could be subject of a court order to forfeit their office and be excluded from seeking office again for up to 10 years.”

His words were met with tumultous applause.

Speaking with reporters before his address, the taoiseach confirmed that the government would hold a referendum on the proposed abolition of the Seanad as this was a “specific commitment in the programme for government”.

He added: “Both parties in Government campaigned on this issue before the election - that Seanad Éireann would be abolished and that you make other legislative changes to the way politics operates in the Oireachtas. You can take it that the question will be put to the people and the people will be given their choice.”