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Irish voters reject plan to abolish nation's Senate
Irish voters reject plan to abolish nation's Senate

LONDON -- In a referendum many Americans would drool over, voters in Ireland have narrowly rejected a proposal to abolish their Senate, despite a vigorous campaign in favor of eliminating the upper house of parliament in order to save money. Results compiled Saturday showed that 51.7% of those who cast ballots decided the Irish Senate was worth keeping, even though it wields no major powers and costs taxpayers an estimated $27 million a year. The outcome belied opinion polls heading into Friday’s plebiscite that suggested a majority favored abolition. The "no" vote was a heavy blow to Prime Minister Enda Kenny, who campaigned for ditching the chamber but who was accused...

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