Monday 20 November 2017

Reform sick Seanad, don't make it a sacrificial lamb

If there is one thing I'd like abolished immediately it is any talk of getting rid of the Seanad. The Standards in Public Office Commission should be charged with giving on the spot fines to any politician who even mentions the notion between now and the general election.

Listening to all the "debate" on the issue I can only compare it to a major fire raging in your house and pausing to have a chat with the neighbours over whether you should try and put in a dramatic effort to save the conservatory.

We need the Seanad -- not in its current form, but greatly reformed. However, what we don't need is Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour being allowed the political sop of closing it down to shut off the other far more pertinent discussions on political reform that we should be having.

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