Saturday 25 March 2017

The Seanad isn't the real issue here

It's the Dail, stupid, says Eilis O'Hanlon, who believes putting the Lower House right will enable the Seanad to realise its potential

Stop press: Fianna Fail and the Greens remain at odds over the practicality of holding a referendum on the abolition of the Seanad on the same day as the general election, but, we are assured, they have discussed the matter in Cabinet.

Seriously? The wolves of the IMF are prowling the corridors of Irish independence, and German autocrats have their fat frankfurter-like fingers wrapped tightly around the purse strings of the nation, and the Government, when it meets, has been passing what little time it has left discussing when some piffling constitutional amendment can be put to a people already fed up with inaction and ineptitude? No wonder we're in such a hole.

A referendum on ditching the upper house of Irish democracy would be particularly pointless, since the result is a foregone conclusion. If the future of the Seanad is put to the popular vote in the present climate, then the Seanad is deader than the proverbial dodo, the only difference being that the dodo died out as a result of ignorance and shortsightedness whereas the Seanad, if it goes, will be a victim of... er, maybe there's not such a big difference after all.

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