Category Archives: Seanad

Free advice to Seanad Candidates (NUI/TCD)

So you’ve gotten yourself nominated for the Seanad for either the NUI or TCD panels. Good for you! Now the bad news. You won’t get much of a chance to build your profile during the campaign itself. The media don’t … Continue reading

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Seanad Reform: too little, too late, too narrow?

So the reports are that the government will consider allowing the Seanad Reform Bill 2013 to go through to committee stage this afternoon. I think we’ve gone beyond the point of tinkering with the Seanad within the constraints of the … Continue reading

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Saving the Seanad, not bloody likely

Once again the nation was treated this week to the sights and sounds of the returning Seanad. Not that most of the population had noticed that it had been away. Various people, most of them senators of long standing, used … Continue reading

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Announcement of candidacy for NUI Seanad

I am running once more for Seanad Éireann on the NUI panel, this post will tell you a bit about me and why I’m running*. I’m an unmarried** 43 year old engineer. I’m a practical person who believes that politics matters most when … Continue reading

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Alternatives to lists and quotas to reduce clientelism and offer the electorate more diverse voting options

Image via Wikipedia Long form version of a post I have over on Political Reform. Discussion about political change, and in particular where electoral reform is concerned, tends to start by identifying a problem by examining its symptoms and then … Continue reading

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Ending free postage for Oireachtas Candidates

Image via Wikipedia There was a piece in the Irish Times yesterday about ending or modifying the practice of paying for free postage for candidates. I assisted a TD in 2007 by creating  some filter software on the electoral register … Continue reading

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Did Ivor ever own Kilcrohane?

Image via Wikipedia So it now appears that Ivor Callely did indeed transfer ownership of the holiday home in Kilcrohane in April of this year to his wife. Yet given that he was transferring it to her and must thus … Continue reading

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Is Michael McDowell considering a run for the Seanad?

Image by 1541 via Flickr Reading his interview with the Sindo a few weeks back many would have wondered at his reversal of his long held position over the role and need for the Seanad, then Jason ponders if he … Continue reading

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Let’s get Joss Whedon to write Ireland’s Eurovision entry

I was thinking about stuff yesterday and the idea occurred to me that someone who would be perfect to organise the writing of a decent tune for Ireland’s Eurovision would be Joss Whedon. Who else from outside the usual suspects … Continue reading

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Who is that mystery man with Martin Cullen?

The Irish times apparently doesn’t know who this mystery man is*. Well, I can reveal that it’s none other than fellow UL grad Ian Noctor who from what I recall was working with Monica Leech at the time. Given his … Continue reading

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