Friday 21 July 2017

Feargal Quinn: The Seanad must be reformed and put back at the centre of our democratic system

Micheal Martin. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Micheal Martin. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Feargal Quinn

We've now reached what is, arguably, the most distasteful part of the electoral cycle - the stage where the politicians who were rejected by the electorate during the general election now seek refuge in the Seanad. In the case of many of these aspirant senators, it is the self-same Seanad which they campaigned to abolish in 2013.

As a member of the Seanad for over 20 years, what I find most galling about this is the fact that for many of these candidates, and the political party strategists, the Seanad is regarded as being a means to an end - the end being election to the Dáil.

To my mind, membership of the Seanad is an honour and should be viewed in that way by politicians of all shades.

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