It has been 12 months since this announcement and we’ve seen no action taken to advance the reform of the Seanad. In particular the rather straightforward reform of the university panels to give effect to the Seventh Amendment to the Constitution.
I’ve recently written to the 6 university panel senators asking that they do rather than talk when it comes to this matter. I’m currently awaiting their responses, and will post the letter and responses if I receive them. In the continued absence of any movement I’ve decided to try and get some traction via other means. Hence this facebook group
I also hope to be announcing in the new year some events as part of a rolling campaign to culminate in the period of the 5th of July when the referendum was held 3 decades ago and the 5th of August when it was signed into law.
Is wider reform of the Seanad needed? Yes, in fact it is long overdue but this is the necessary first step in that process.
Are there more important things? Indeed, but we have a parliamentary and cabinet system of government so that more than one problem can be tackled at any one time.