'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.

21st September, 2013
Richard Humphreys: the only thing the No side are agreed on is that the actual Seanad has failed, not on what should replace it.

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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