Sunday 23 July 2017

After all the time, effort and money spent, this Seanad could be over before it begins

'The days of the Seanad as a retirement home for failed politicians appear to be over, if this cluster of candidates is anything to go by.'
'The days of the Seanad as a retirement home for failed politicians appear to be over, if this cluster of candidates is anything to go by.'

Niamh Gallagher

As poring over the Dáil numbers becomes boring even for the hard-core political nerds, at least there is something else to keep us going: the Seanad election.

The unprecedented number of candidates from a rich and diverse set of backgrounds - NGOs, politics, student government, the diaspora, business, community and more - suggests that the institution the previous government sought to abolish holds huge appeal to a mix of people seeking a voice in public life, but who are perhaps not enamoured by the local and party politics required to get elected to the Dáil.

The days of the Seanad as a retirement home for failed politicians appear to be over, if this cluster of candidates is anything to go by.

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