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Is “Vote No for Seanad Reform” the new “Frankfurt’s way or Labour’s way”?

Posted by Jason O on Sep 12, 2013 in Irish Politics, Seanad Referendum |

I have a lot of admiration for my opponents in the Seanad referendum campaign. They’re running a very slick, professional campaign (hardly surprising, given the Fianna Fail background of most of them) but mostly, you have to admire their courage.

Here are people, many of whom will seek public office in the next five years or so, who are putting their own personal integrity and judgement on the line by pledging that a No vote will definitely lead to the implementation of the Zappone/Quinn reforms.

Pledges that, like Eamonn Gilmore’s declaration of 2011, will follow them throughout their political careers.

They’re effectively saying:

 “Yes, a No vote will definitely lead to the implementation of Zappone/Quinn within a relatively short period of time, and certainly before the 2021 elections at the latest. I’m staking my personal reputation on that.”

You have to admire that.


Paraic Hegarty
Sep 12, 2013 at 12:12 pm

I love reading your stuff but as someone against Seanad abolition who has nothing to do with FF in any way, I’m disappointed that you keep playing the FF-bogeyman instead of the ball.

Jason O
Sep 13, 2013 at 8:52 am

I agree not every No campaigner is in FF. But just look at the online presence. A majority of the most prolific No campaigners ARE FF.

Paul Mc
Sep 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm

If we’re unleashing the straw man, I’ll just point out that another party with F in their initials are campaigning for the Yes vote.



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