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
Published 15/09/2013 | 05:00
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