Voters at polling station in the Republic of Ireland
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Seanad vote: Public vote to keep Irish senate

5 October 2013 Last updated at 20:40 BST

Voters in the Republic of Ireland have rejected a government proposal to abolish Seanad Éireann (the upper house of the Irish parliament).

The Fine Gael Labour coalition government proposal was supported by Sinn Féin and was lost by a narrow margin, with 48.3% voting in favour of abolition, with 51.7% against.

Diana Rusk reports.