Some Seanad members are set to push for a referendum on the Water Services Bill.
Speaking about the bill, newly-appointed Senator Gerard Craughwell tweeted that a referendum is “the democratic thing to do right now”.
Mr. Craughwell added that he was “disturbed by what I witnessed in the Seanad on Friday for 15-odd hours”, and felt as though the Government was unwilling to accept any amendments on the Water Services Bill.
The Senator sees this referendum as an alternative, and would like to put the Bill to public vote.
However, the outcome of a popular referendum would not mean the end of the Water Services Bill, only the end of the current legislation attached to it.
His comments come shortly after Sinn Fein stated that they wish to put a motion to President Higgins not to sign the Bill into law in the event that it is passed by the Seanad.