1. The current Seanad is undemocratic. it’s made up of professional politicians elected mostly by other professional politicians. It is a club for failed or aspiring professional politicians. Why do you think Seanad elections are scheduled to be held AFTER Dail elections, as opposed to on the same day? To allow them two bites of the cherry. Do we really need to provide politicians with a safety net of a spare job? Do you have one?
2. A NO vote is not a vote for reform. The NO campaign cannot tell you which parties will definitely reform the Seanad. In power, Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour, who all have members claiming to support reform, have BLOCKED reform when they were in power. Fine Gael and Labour BLOCKED Seanad reform only earlier this year. The NO campaign is full of ex cabinet ministers who never even attempted to reform the Seanad when they had the power to.
3. The Seanad does not hold the government to account. Don’t believe me, just ask yourself this question: Does Enda fear the Seanad the way Chancellor Merkel fears her senate, or President Obama the US Senate? Or does he even give a toss?
4. Many Seanad reformers showed little interest in Seanad reform until the abolition of the Seanad became a serious possibility. I wonder why?
5. The NO campaign talk about the Seanad in theoretical terms, about what a ideal Seanad should be doing. The YES campaign ask people just to look at the Seanad as it actually is, whether it is graphically describing the Taoiseach’s toilet habits, Facebook “fraping”, Hitler, or fannies.
6. If the Seanad is as important as the NO campaign believe, if we vote YES to abolish, it’ll force the professional politicians to come back to us at the next election with serious proposals for a new reformed Seanad. We’ve done this before, when De Valera abolished the Seanad, and replaced it with a new Seanad in the 1930s.
7. Ask Seanad reformers why, if they are so sure that a NO vote will automatically lead to Seanad Reform, why they won’t, on principle, rule out serving in an unreformed future Seanad. You’ll get a lot of “That’s not the issue!” guff.
8. You as an ordinary voter have the power to abolish this corrupt, undemocratic Seanad on your ballot paper. That’s why the professional politicians are promising all sorts of reform. If you vote to keep the Seanad, you give them back their power.
9. Voting NO will not harm the government. When was the last time you voted for a party based on the result of a referendum held years before?
10. The Seanad is so full of party hacks that they didn’t even have the guts to vote against their own abolition. So much for standing up to the government.
11. A NO vote will be hijacked by the professional politicians as a vote of confidence in the Seanad as it currently stands, and will be used to oppose reform. They will claim that the Irish people have voted against change, and to keep the Seanad as it is.