Archive for Seanad

Candidates critical of NUI electoral register

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“Candidates on the National University of Ireland (NUI) panel for next month’s Seanad elections have said people have been removed from its register without realising it and that it has failed to keep pace with changes of address and with deaths of graduates …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 22 March]

‘Don’t vote for me’, TCD candidate tells electors

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“A belated discovery of lack of citizenship by a confirmed Seanad election candidate means she cannot run for the Upper House – but her name will remain on the ballot paper …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 22 March]

Privileged voting in Seanad election “indefensible”

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“Research carried out by an NUI Galway academic found major shortcomings in the National University of Ireland’s register for Seanad elections …” (more)

[Education Matters, 21 March]

Two graduates from 1906 still on NUI Seanad election register

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“Two people who graduated in 1906 remain on the National University of Ireland’s register for Seanad elections, according to research conducted by an NUI Galway academic …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 21 March]

Seanad Reform, Not Abolition

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“… But, to return to the issue of university constituencies. It’s bad enough that such an élitist system exists but it would now appear that the vast majority of recent university graduates don’t even bother to claim their right to vote in what is, after all, a national election to a national parliament and the only instance in which some Irish citizens living abroad are entitled to vote …” (more)

[Donncha O’Connell, 20 March]

Leading doctor joins race for Senate

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 20 March 2011 by Steve

“Dublin GP and Life magazine correspondent Dr Maurice Gueret is among those battling to fill the Trinity College Senate seat left vacant by the election to the Dail of Shane Ross …” (more)

[John Drennan, Independent, 20 March]

Protecting academic freedom seen as key

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 21 January 2011 by Steve

SEANAD REPORT: Academic freedom must be protected in view of the fact that some of the important criticisms of what had been happening in this country in recent years had come from people in academia rather than from the Oireachtas, Rónán Mullen (Ind) said …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 January]

Parliamentary matters

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 4 January 2011 by Steve

“As far back as I can remember, every so often someone pops up in Irish politics and suggests that the Irish parliament’s upper house, Seanad Éireann (the Senate), should be abolished …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 4 January]

A Referendum on the Seanad: Abolition without Reflection?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 January 2011 by Steve

“… Isn’t there an argument for an upper house of parliament in a country, like Ireland, where parliamentary structures like the use of whipping, the guillotining of debates, and the lack of a human-rights review committee in the Oireachtas have the capacity to strangle truly democratic law-making? Have we really thought through the implications of having only one house of parliament for Ireland’s democracy? …” (more)

[Fiona de Londras, Human Rights in Ireland, 3 January]

Norris questions Trinity invitation

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , , on 28 January 2010 by Steve

SEANAD REPORT: A Letter he had received from Trinity College’s department of political science purporting to invite him to a meeting of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Constitution revealed that its professors knew sweet damn all about practical politics, Trinity member David Norris said …” (more)

[Jimmy Walsh, Irish Times, 28 January]

One last NUI-related issue: the Seanad seats

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 22 January 2010 by Steve

“As has been mentioned before in this blog, it is now more than 30 years since the electorate voted in favour of a constitutional amendment allowing the franchise for the university seats in Seanad Eireann (the Senate, or Upper House of Parliament) to be widened beyond just graduates of Trinity College Dublin and the National University of Ireland. Over all that time, nothing whatsoever has been done about it (a kind of contempt of the electorate on the part of all political parties that have been in government in that time) …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 22 January]

NUI abolition may give UL grads Seanad vote

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 22 January 2010 by Steve

“The announcement this week by Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe that the National University of Ireland is being scrapped could bring Seanad voting rights for UL graduates. The four NUI universities – UCD, UCC, UCG and Maynooth – elect three senators. The University of Limerick does not have a vote because it is not part of NUI …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 22 January]

Abolition of the National University of Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 21 January 2010 by Steve

“Minister Batt O’Keeffe announced this afternoon that the Government has decided to scrap the National University of Ireland. UC Dublin, UC Cork, NUI Maynooth and NUI Galway were the constituent colleges. The total number of universities in Ireland has thus been increased, at a stroke, from four to seven. Ireland should now soar up the universities-per-capita league tables …” (more)

[Colm McCarthy, The Irish Economy, 20 January]

Government still dragging feet on Seanad reform

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 21 January 2010 by Steve

“The scrapping of the panel electing the three Senators from the four universities making up the National University of Ireland is already on the cards. But the Government is still dragging its feet on the reform of the Seanad. The four NUI universities, UCD, UCC, UCG and Maynooth, elect three senators …” (more)

[Fionnan Sheahan, Independent, 21 January]

Dáil and Seanad spent €160k sending staff to college

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 25 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The Houses of the Oireachtas have spent almost €160,000 paying for staff university fees since 2008. According to new figures, €93,878 was spent in 2008 when 41 staff members or members of the Dáil and Seanad decided to avail of the ‘free-fees’ scheme. To date this year, 28 people have received a total of €63,602 towards taking up a part-time or further-education course in Ireland’s top universities …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Sunday Tribune, 25 October]

Thirty Years Waiting for Seanad Reform

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 19 August 2009 by Steve

Ireland“It’s hard to believe that 30 years have elapsed since the people decided by referendum to extend the Seanad election franchise beyond Trinity and the National University of Ireland, to include graduates of other institutions of higher education. Yet this elitist arrangement still remains in place. Green Party leader and Environment Minister John Gormley is committed to Seanad reform …” (more)

[Irish Times Politics Blog, 19 August]

FF seeks to cut Seanad university seats to two

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 19 August 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The number of Seanad seats for Trinity College Dublin and the National University should be reduced from six to two, according to a Fianna Fáil document on reform of the Seanad which has been presented to Minister for the Environment John Gormley. At present, Trinity and NUI graduates elect three Senators each, but the submission from the 26 Fianna Fáil Senators advocates a widening of the franchise to include graduates of other third-level institutions …” (more)

[Deaglán de Bréadún, Irish Times, 19 August]

Thirty years of Seanad reform

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 4 July 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Madam, – Tomorrow marks the 30th anniversary of the approval by the people of Ireland of measures to allow voting rights for six of the seats for Seanad Éireann to be reformed and their electorate extend beyond the then existing third-level institutions. After all these many decades the provision of voting rights for those third level graduates from outside the NUI and TCD as approved by the people has still not come to pass …” (more)

[Daniel K Sullivan, Irish Times, 4 July]

The Upper House

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 8 May 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Today’s Irish Times carried an article by Senator David Norris in which he assessed the desirability and likelihood of reform of the Irish Upper House of Parliament, Seanad Eireann (the Senate) … What David Norris was referring to was the possibility that the university constituencies might be reformed without reform of any other part of the Seanad. And he was saying that if the rest of the House was not being reformed, then neither should the university seats …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 7 May]

Seanad reform can benefit Oireachtas

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 7 May 2009 by Steve

Ireland“… The strength of the university representation does not come alone from the commitment given to the House by those elected, but principally from the fact that the ordinary members of their electoral college are given the right to vote. There is an electorate of 50,000 in the case of the University of Dublin and 100,000 in the case of the National University of Ireland. This means that during the election, instead of traipsing around the provinces sucking up to local councillors, the candidates have to subject themselves to the scrutiny of a large, alert and sometimes awkward group of voters who express a wide range of interests outside the narrow confines of partisan politics …” (more)

[David Norris, Irish Times, 7 May]