Today's Newspaper Panel are: Simon Harris - Fine Gael Wicklow TD and member of the Finance and Public Accounts Committee Nessa Childers – Ireland East - MEP Noel Whelan - Barrister and Columnist with The Irish Times John Downing – Columnist with the Irish Independent and Former Deputy Government Press Secretary and Author of Enda Kenny: An Unlikely Taoiseach. Emer Woodfull - Barrister They are also joined by Larry Donnelly - law lecturer, NUIG & Legal Council of Democrats Abroad to discuss the party whip system in Ireland.
So should it stay or should it go? The debate on the abolition of Seanad Eireann is hotting up with the government promising an autumn vote on the future of the house. So is it a crucial brake on autocratic power or a sentimental luxury for a cash strapped country? Pat was joined in studio by Gary Murphy Professor of Politics in DCU and by Simon Harris, Fine Gael TD for Wicklow/East Carlow.