He became a member of Seanad Eireann
in 1965 before being elected to the Dail in 1969.
Mr Hogan said: "We believe that by putting a proposal to abolish Seanad Eireann
and reduce the number of TDs, we will achieve at least a 30% reduction in the number of members of the Oireachtas.
Senator Norris said: "I am completely debt-free and I will have a pension, I hope, from Seanad Eireann
In a statement, the Select Committee on Members' Interests of Seanad Eireann
said it would consider the High Court judgment in detail at a meeting of the committee scheduled for next Wednesday.
The Constitution clearly states that "every member of Seanad Eireann
shall, unless he previously dies, resigns or becomes disqualified, continue to hold office until the day before the polling day of the general election for Seanad Eireann
next held after his election or nomination".
The Select Committee on Members' Interests of Seanad Eireann
usually sits in private but yesterday it revealed the change in format.
He said: "I am very proud to serve as Senator, having been elected to Seanad Eireann
A Fianna Fail spokesman said: "The Taoiseach believes it would be helpful if the Senator furnished a statement as soon as possible to the Cathaoirleach of Seanad Eireann
, as chair of the committee.