Seanad Éireann is too broken to be fixed

Seanad Éireann is too broken to be fixed

Constitutional constraints make it difficult to reform the Upper House in any meaningful way

The Report on Seanad Reform is indeed a “worthy document”, but it’s not going anywhere. It does prove yet again why, within constitutional constraints, it is so difficult to reform Seanad Éireann. Instinctively I am opposed to the abolition of any democratic forum. However, in the case of Seanad Éireann I voted for abolition in 2013 because I do not believe that it is capable of reform.

This document bears out that conviction. We don’t...

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