Aughavas Sinn Fein Cllr Martin Kenny claims “there is no defence of the Seanad, it needs to be abolished as it is totally undemocratic with a permanent inbuilt government majority, and it reflects everything that is rotten in our political system.”
Cllr Kenny said, “The cronyism and the elitism that are synonymous with the Seanad, has fostered the type of politics that has made the Irish voter so cynical.
“The failure to reform the Seanad by consecutive governments including Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour echo the failure to reform politics as a whole,” he added.
By restricting votes to those educated in a number of select colleges as well as councillors, Cllr Kenny says “It runs in the face of the core principle that all citizens are equal.”
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