'Reformed' Seanad could be worse than what's there now
The Bill for Seanad reform proposed by Senators Quinn and Zappone is a deeply flawed proposal, writes Richard Humphreys.
The French revolutionary Abbé Sieyes said it perfectly 200 years ago - either a second house agrees with the first and is superfluous, or it disagrees and is mischievous. In a small country like Ireland there is no satisfactory role for a second chamber that cannot be performed more democratically, quicker and less expensively by the Dáil.
Unable to defend the Seanad as it exists, the No side has been forced to put...
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