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Abolishing the Seanad: trust your gut instinct.

Posted by Jason O on Sep 24, 2013 in Irish Politics, Seanad Referendum

1. If it was as good and as useful as some people say, don’t you think you might have noticed?

2. The Seanad’s PRIMARY function is to provide an emergency parachute for failed TDs. That’s why it’s elected 3 months after the Dail, to give them time to canvass, elected by OTHER politicians (because real voters rejected them) and reserves 16 seats for candidates nominated by other politicians. Do we really need to create 54 spare jobs for failed candidates?

3. How can it be a power grab if the Seanad has no power? In 76 years the Seanad has blocked 1 bill. 1. By accident. In 1963 a senator got drunk and lost his way to the chamber. Power grab?

4. Fianna Fail, who designed the Seanad to stop 97% of Irish citizens from having a vote in it, now say they want a reformed democratic Seanad. Fianna Fail, along with Fine Gael, Labour, and the Progressive Democrats, blocked democratic Seanad reform EVERY SINGLE TIME they were in power. EVERY SINGLE TIME.

In your gut you know we need a Dail, ministers, and a supreme court. Probably even a president. Does your gut honestly tell you we need 60 fully paid and pensioned taxpayer funded senators? Really?

Make your first Seanad vote your last. Vote YES to get rid of this yoke.


You don’t have a spare job if you lose yours. Why should TDs?

Posted by Jason O on Sep 24, 2013 in Irish Politics, Seanad Referendum
"Damn! There goes my Dail seat! To the Seanad!"

“Damn! There goes my Dail seat! To the Seanad!”

There’s been a lot of talk of “checks and balances” and “scrutinising legislation” from the Save The Seanad crowd. Let’s be clear about one thing: the Seanad exists first and foremost to provide an emergency back up job for failed TDs.

Don’t believe me? Look at the structure:

1. Seanad elections are not held on the same day as the Dail elections? Why? To give failed TDs 3 months to campaign for a Seanad seat.

2. The Seanad is elected mostly by county councillors? Why? Because real voters have already voted down the candidates. Why do you think that scandal over senators taxpayer funded free post erupted? Because councillors were getting free envelopes from someone. I wonder why?

3. Within the Seanad election, 16 out of 43 senators are reserved for candidates nominated by Oireachtas members, EVEN IF THEY GET LESS VOTES.

4. Even if¬†those three helping hands aren’t enough, there’s always appointment by the Taoiseach.

The Seanad: the most expensive parachute in democratic history.

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