Friday 2 December 2016

Enda O’Coineen: Politics is for empowering people and we need to get fresh blood into the Seanad

Enda O’Coineen

Published 01/04/2016 | 02:30

Leinster House
Leinster House

The current political crisis is a time to let loose. It presents a unique opportunity to redefine our political system and how we do things. It is also a time for reinvention right across the board. The Seanad, too long regarded as a resting place for failed political ambitions, needs to be rejuvenated, revitalised and reborn.

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It needs to become a fountainhead for new thinking, capable of meeting the challenges of a millennium embracing innovation and entrepreneurship. The 19th-century parish pump around which our politicians danced needs to be decommissioned once and for all.

As talks about the possibility of talks drag on, many of our people are suffering. Yet those who sought and secured public office are too timid or too blinded by their own interests to step up, meet the challenges we face and put differences aside to form a government.

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