Sunday 25 June 2017

Michael McDowell: Let's not consign Seanad to unread history books

There are powerful arguments for saving the Upper House from the cynics who would abolish it, says Seanad campaigner

HARD TO CREDIT: Charles Haughey, who restricted access to condoms to married couples, pays his respects to the late Archbishop McQuaid in March 1973. Archbishop McQuaid said that Mary Robinson's bid to decriminalise 'artifical contraception' was 'a curse on Ireland',
HARD TO CREDIT: Charles Haughey, who restricted access to condoms to married couples, pays his respects to the late Archbishop McQuaid in March 1973. Archbishop McQuaid said that Mary Robinson's bid to decriminalise 'artifical contraception' was 'a curse on Ireland',

Michael McDowell

In a year in which it is proposed that learning history is no longer to be a core element of our children's education, maybe we should take stock of the views of some famous Irish figures on the question of Seanad abolition.

Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson used her election to the Seanad to campaign on many very important social issues, which the Dail simply failed to deal with.

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