Low stakes, high risks: the perils of the Seanad by-election

While Hazel Chu embarks on a solo run for a Seanad seat, many in Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are concerned that their parties’ fragile election pact will fall apart in a welter of mutual distrust

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent @aiden_corkery
4th April, 2021
Low stakes, high risks: the perils of the Seanad by-election
The vacancies in the Seanad have been caused by the resignations of Elisha McCallion of Sinn Féin, who failed to return a Covid-19 business grant that was wrongly paid into her former Westminster constituency office account. Picture: Getty

The stakes may appear low, but Seanad by-elections have an increasing knack for embroiling our political leaders in controversy.

Enda Kenny found himself battling allegations of cronyism and stroke politics in 2014 after Fine Gael’s candidate John McNulty was shoe-horned onto the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art shortly ahead of his Seanad election run, which he ultimately withdrew from amid controversy.

Seven years on, Eamon Ryan is learning that even the...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Currency

What's Included

With any subscription you will have access to

  • 971569B3-2C5E-4C45-B798-CEADE16987A8

    Unlimited multi-device access to our iPad, iPhone and Android Apps

  • 099C8662-C57C-42F2-9426-F2F90DF17C8F

    Unlimited access to our eReader library

  • 198AE43B-B9CF-4892-8769-D63C2104BA08

    Exclusive daily insight and opinion seven days a week

  • D8F37B78-25E4-4E4A-A376-4F5789B1564A

    Create alerts to never miss a subject that matters to you

  • B15F2521-37CD-4E02-B898-730A20D39F7F

    Get access to exclusive offers for subscribers on gifts and experiences

  • A564FE02-1AB8-4579-AF9D-BA32A2E5ACA7

    Get content from Business Post, Business Post Magazines, Connected, Tatler and Food & Wine

Related Stories

Red C Poll: Voters turning to Sinn Féin to solve the housing crisis

Home Michael Brennan 2 weeks ago

Government planning to phase out PUP from September

Home Michael Brennan 2 weeks ago

Red C poll: SF gains as voters trust the party most on housing

Home Michael Brennan 2 weeks ago

McGrath: spending all of €10.8bn capital budget will be ‘challenging’

Home Michael Brennan 4 weeks ago