Thursday 26 April 2018

Seanad seagull debate shows why electorate got it so wrong in allowing this costly irrelevance to continue

Michael O'Doherty

Michael O'Doherty

Three years after voting to keep the Seanad, we are still waiting for the overhaul its defenders said was needed to turn it into a "vibrant and committed" chamber.

While the taxpayer continues to fund the Seanad to the tune of €10m-a-year, it continues to show why the electorate got it so wrong in allowing this costly irrelevance to continue.

Last week, most of Europe was concerned with the fallout from the Brexit vote. In Ireland there was hardly a workplace in which its repercussions were not being discussed.

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