Enough of this fig-leaf democracy, let's call time on our elitist Seanad
Published 03/09/2013 | 05:00
THREE words are enough to persuade me the Seanad should be abolished: Senator Eoghan Harris. The circumstances surrounding his elevation to the upper house highlight its misuse. A new government swept into power, and the booty was divided up.
Victori spolia: to the victor, the spoils. Bertie Ahern rewarded a journalist who had done him some service with a plum, courtesy of the public purse. That appointment is just one example of how a body designed to reinforce democracy degenerated into a corruption of it. It has become a tool for political patronage – payback time for favours given or expected.
Mr Harris received a handsome tip in return for his PR offensive on 'The Late Late Show' immediately before the 2007 general election, attacking those who questioned the then Taoiseach's personal finances.