Democracy Matters – But The Seanad Does Not

The Seanad referendum is drawing near and the campaigns are in full swing. What is interesting is how well mobilised the No side is and the arguments they are using. Rather than a rational debate based on political realities, the No side has resorted to hysteria and fantasy. Even the name of the main opposition group, Democracy Matters, implies that a democratically elected government putting the decision before a vote of the people is somehow engaging in dictatorial actions. The vote is being ridiculously described as a power grab while reform is being held as a panacea that no one seems to be able to describe. Continue reading “Democracy Matters – But The Seanad Does Not”

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Why We Should Abolish The Seanad

As it hardly needs to be said, the Irish Senate, the Seanad, is a useless institution. It is a mockery of democracy that is devoid of power, purpose and credibility. It is a complete shambles and populated mainly by failed politicians. It has almost no supporters to speak of and the government is planning to hold a referendum to abolish it. Many however argue that what it needs is drastic reform not abolition and that an improved Seanad can play a valuable role in Irish politics. However, the pace of reform in Ireland is painfully slow and the government has little incentive to create a challenge to its power. Reform is not an option; we must abolish this useless institution. Continue reading “Why We Should Abolish The Seanad”