Kathy Sheridan: It’s going to take a lot more than Hazel Chu to shake up the Seanad

Could Trinity’s electorate be inspired to shock the Government into action?

It will stagger no one that the former Dublin lord mayor and Green party chairwoman, Hazel Chu,  is considering a Seanad run to replace Ivana Bacik. Photograph: Damien Eagers

It will stagger no one that the former Dublin lord mayor and Green party chairwoman, Hazel Chu, is considering a Seanad run to replace Ivana Bacik. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Name the two Senators whose resignations triggered the byelections in April. Now name the two who were elected by a landslide to replace them. Name the panels to which they were elected. Give the number and composition of the electorate. And, for a bonus, can you name the parties to which the departed and newly elected Senators belong? Anyone?

If your answer is “haven’t a clue”, “are you joking?” and “don’t be silly”, join the club. When the Seanad was threatened with abolition in the 2013 referendum, fewer than four in 10 bothered to vote. It survived by a squeak mainly on the presumption of swift reform.

The Irish Times
Please subscribe or sign in to continue reading.
The Irish Times

How can I keep reading?

You’ve reached an article that is only available to Irish Times subscribers.

Subscribe today and get the full picture for just €1 for the first month.

Subscribe No obligation, cancel any time.