Martina Devlin: Emigrant voters can help reform society
The emigrant vote might be a stimulating dynamic in Irish life, but limits ought to be set
Now that discussion is mounting about abolishing the second chamber, or at least undertaking major reform, I decided it was high time I registered to vote in Seanad elections. I never did fill out the relevant form at graduation.
Whenever elections came round, I always contemplated doing it, but so little relevance did senators appear to have (despite the eloquence of several office-holders) that I simply never bothered. By comparison, not once have I missed voting in a general election.