Monday 11 December 2017

Sean Barrett: Revitalised Seanad can breathe new life into reform agenda

The Irish electorate voted to retain the Seanad last October, giving the chamber a new lease of life
The Irish electorate voted to retain the Seanad last October, giving the chamber a new lease of life

Sean Barrett

The 2014 parliamentary new year will have two new features. These are a Government emboldened by its exit from the bailout and a Seanad endorsed by popular vote.

The bailout exit frees the Government to address its reform agenda. This has been neglected under the immediate financial pressures since 2008. A starting point might be to ask why those at the core of the problems of September 2008 have borne so little of the cost.

Bankers, accountants, developers, and bank regulators succeeded in 2008. Insurance, credit unions and pyrite-using builders have joined the queue since. The pyrite problem in Canada was handled by insurers, construction companies and the quarrying sector. Ireland's response is that taxpayers must pay.

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