Aftermath of the Seanad referendum
Sir, – Seanad reform will now be a top priority for the No side – as it has been for the past 80 years. – Yours, etc,
Blackrock, Co Dublin.
A chara, – I call on all those senators who facilitated the passage of “The Abolition of the Seanad” Bill through the Oireachtas last May by voting for the abolition of their own jobs and the Seanad to resign immediately.
Following months of claiming that their political existence was a waste of taxpayers’ money and that they had never contributed positively to legislation in this country, their positions as Senators have been rendered untenable. Their resignations would also pave the way for the meaningful reform of the Seanad that is so urgently needed. – Is mise,
DAVID J TANSEY,
Larkhill Road, Sligo.
A chara, – Wouldn’t it only be right, proper and fair that the cost (€14 million) of the recent failed referendum be deducted from the wage packets of Government Ministers? – Is mise,
Sir, – I wonder if there are any similarities between Enda Kenny’s decision to send Richard Bruton to debate the Senate referendum rather than go himself and Éamon de Valera’s decision to send Michael Collins to the Treaty negotiations? – Yours, etc,
Ard Na Mara,
Blackrock, Co Louth.
Sir, – Following the referendum result, is it time for Enda Kenny to face up to what we all know already. He should realise he is not up to the job and resign. Then someone more competent could take over. – Yours, etc,
Sir, – Will Enda Kenny et al please take note and proceed accordingly: “The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart.” – Gandhi. – Yours, etc,
Sir, – Now the Taoiseach has gracefully taken his wallop on the chin, I do hope he will give serious consideration to any future such fundamental reform of the governance of Ireland with the help of the appropriate experts and citizens’ groups.
This last effort to abolish the Seanad smacked more of management consultants than of constitutional lawyers, political scientists and historians, not to mention the Constitutional Convention. – Yours, etc,
Donnybrook, Dublin 4.
Sir, – Anagrammatically “The Seanad” has been reformed from “Enda’s Hate” to “Hates Enda”. – Yours, etc,
Letterkenny, Co Donegal.
Sir, – Given that every constituency returned a 50-something/ 40-something vote in one direction or the other, isn’t talk of urban/rural or east/west divides a bit overblown? – Yours, etc,
Clontarf, Dublin 3.
Sir, – The decision by the Irish electorate to keep the Seanad is not an unconditional endorsement of it, merely a stay of execution. Members and supporters of Seanad Éireann do not have the luxury of being complacent nor should they imagine, if they shirk immediate and proper reform, that the electorate will indulge them again in the future. – Yours, etc,
Howth, Dublin 13.
Sir, – Next time the government holds a referendum to abolish the Seanad, might I suggest that the voting be carried out in accordance with the current voting procedures to elect members of the Seanad with one significant reversal. Allow only those who currently do not have a vote in the Seanad elections be allowed to vote in the referendum and let the rest be disenfranchised. Referendum passed! – Yours, etc,