Forget about abolishing the Seanad. Fine Gael’s first act in office (next year…?) should be to introduce a constitutional amendment outlawing the payment of public money to any religious organisation. This would serve not only to draw a line (one would hope) under the historical abuse of children in care homes and elsewhere, but also force the immediate secularisation of the education system in the Republic, which is long overdue. The churches wouldn’t be able to sell their schools to the State under the amendment (even if the State could afford to buy them), but considering they were all built and maintained using taxpayers’ money in the first place, the only proper thing to do would be to donate them. Call it “compensation” if you will.