Monday 26 June 2017

John Whelan: Resist this power grab by the real elite of our nation

The Seanad has its shortcomings but abolishing it will not help this country

ARGUMENTS DO NOT ADD UP: Richard Bruton claims that abolishing the Seanad will save €20m but others dispute this
ARGUMENTS DO NOT ADD UP: Richard Bruton claims that abolishing the Seanad will save €20m but others dispute this

John Whelan

ABOLISHING the Seanad sounds, at first, like a good idea. Getting rid of 60 politicians in one go – not a bad start.

As a first-time politician and someone who was only elected to the senate in 2011, I still retain a healthy suspicion of the establishment and a protective cynicism of politics. On my first day in the senate, I actually said that the place needed to get its house in order or be scrapped. I still believe that.

The senate drastically needs to be overhauled and reformed. Seventy-five years

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