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Ireland votes to keep its upper house of parliament

Ireland votes to keep its upper house of parliament
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The Republic of Ireland has decided to keep its upper house of parliament, the Seanad.

In a referendum, voters narrowly rejected a government call to scrap the chamber, with just over 51 percent saying that it should stay.

Prime Minister Enda Kenny had argued that the institution was elitist and undemocratic. He promised that its abolition would save money. But supporters of Ireland’s senate, including the main opposition party Fianna Fail, claim the government just wanted to centralise its power.