Sunday 24 September 2017

Seanad vote showed cynical cowardice of abolition campaign

FG loyalty to Enda Kenny's 'personal initiative', even if they hated it, was pathetic, says Michael McDowell

CRITICISM: Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald TD called the Seanad abolition bid 'demeaning'. Photo: Tom Burke
CRITICISM: Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald TD called the Seanad abolition bid 'demeaning'. Photo: Tom Burke

Michael McDowell

'Demeaning" was the term chosen this week by Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald to describe aspects of the Government's failed campaign to abolish the Seanad. We could add "cynical", "crass" and "damaging" to that list.

While it is welcome that a minister of the present Government would acknowledge that it had behaved in a demeaning way, her statement raises other important issues.

Was she simply hinting that the Government could have succeeded if it had been more subtle in its campaign?

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