Senators must rise to reform challenge

There is no public desire to see the Seanad abolished - it should be reformed and much of the template for reformation already exists. Now it is up to the new crop of senators to give it meaning in today’s Ireland

28th May, 2011

The 24th Seanad, just inaugurated, has an opportunity to adopt a motto. They could do a lot worse than go back to Horace for his ‘Carpe diem - Seize the day’.

The 24th Seanad is a blank canvas. It has 34 new members out of a total of 60, by far the greatest turnover there has ever been.

All of the members who entered that beautiful Seanad Chamber last Wednesday were acutely conscious that they...

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