Wednesday 16 August 2017

Lucinda Creighton: People are right to be angry – but scrapping Seanad is no cheap fix

Lucinda Creighton
Lucinda Creighton

It is not surprising that Sinn Fein would abolish Seanad Eireann. This so-called Republican Party did not recognise our State or its institutions until recently, refused to take up seats in Dail Eireann and turned a blind eye as the IRA murdered gardai, army personnel and citizens of our Republic. Respect for our State, its founding fathers and democratic principles does not come easily to Sinn Fein.

It is very different in the case of my own party, Fine Gael. Our forefathers founded, developed and defended this State and guarded its democratic institutions. That is why WT Cosgrave, Dick Mulcahy, James Dillon and many others fought so strongly to resist De Valera's 1934 move to abolish the then Seanad. In his speech on April 18, 1934, Cosgrave urged De Valera to "improve it. Do not destroy it". That plea is just as relevant today.

Voting to abolish the Seanad will have one certain effect. It will lead to the concentration of power in even fewer hands than is already the case.

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