Tuesday 24 October 2017

Seanad is an affront to a democracy in dire need of attention

While the status quo will not suffice, there is hope for a new type of elected Seanad, writes John Crown

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has recently reaffirmed his intention to put the issue of Seanad abolition to a referendum.

Support for abolition appears to be strong, and while the somewhat quirky and atypical composition of the current upper house seems to have prompted speculation that a reformed version might still have something to offer, my own belief is that the people, disillusioned with politicians, and concerned with wasteful public spending, would, if confronted with this simple choice, abolish it.

My own position is clear. If the choice is maintenance of the status quo or abolition, I too will support abolition.

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