Alex White to be Labour’s Director of Elections for referendum to abolish Seanad

Labour Party TD for Dublin South and Minister of State for Primary Care, Alex White, will be Labour’s Director of Elections for the two upcoming referenda to abolish Seanad Eireann and to establish a Civil Court of Appeal.

Minister White, who served in the Seanad from 2007 to 2011, will be Labour’s chief spokesperson throughout the campaign.

Speaking ahead of the campaign, Minister White commented, “The abolition of the Seanad is one element of our package of reforms to change the way politics and government works.

“The role and purpose of Seanad Eireann has been debated over many years. We in the Labour Party have taken a long hard look at the Senate, and rather than maintain it on the basis of a role it potentially could have, we believe there is no function the Seanad can perform that cannot be done by a strengthened Dáil Éireann.

“For that reason, we will be running an active campaign over the next four weeks, arguing the rational case for the abolition of the Seanad. Our campaign will be formally launched next week and will be supported by Labour Party representatives, activists and members, throughout the country.”