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Most voters 'not good enough' for outrageous Seanad system

Jason O'Mahony


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Missed chance: Then-ministers Michael Noonan and Richard Bruton at the unveiling of an ad as part of the campaign to abolish the Seanad in September 2013. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Missed chance: Then-ministers Michael Noonan and Richard Bruton at the unveiling of an ad as part of the campaign to abolish the Seanad in September 2013. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Missed chance: Then-ministers Michael Noonan and Richard Bruton at the unveiling of an ad as part of the campaign to abolish the Seanad in September 2013. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

In many ways, the Seanad is more representative of us as a country than the Dáil.

I recently received two jarring reminders of my inferior status as a citizen of this Republic. The first was driving through Foxrock in Dublin and seeing a poster for a Seanad candidate.

That's right: a poster for a candidate running in an election that the great majority of us can not vote in, the sort of thing black voters used to see in Rhodesia or pre-Mandela South Africa.