Tuesday 23 May 2017

Reform Seanad, don't abolish it

The Seanad election canvassing is under way and we are faced with getting a result which will reinforce the arguments for its abolition.

What we will get, with the honourable exception of a few university representatives, is a mirror image of the Dail.

If the Seanad is to regain its proper function, it has to have a reformed electoral system. The present system of political nomination and patronage has to be replaced with a broader-based one.

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