Thursday 23 February 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

John Whelan

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

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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