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Survival of the Seanad shows Irish electorate spurning stunt politics

Enda Kenny is emblematic of the old party political system that has outlived its effectiveness

12th October, 2013

In the 1930s when Eamon de Valera was framing the new Irish Constitution he was deeply concerned about the growing spread of fascism in Europe. Not only had democracy failed to halt it, but Europe's dictators - including Hitler and Mussolini - had early in their careers submitted themselves to the ballot box.

The problem was that once elected there was no legal or constitutional limitation of their powers. With a sizeable majority and the...

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