Why the Seanad?
Seanad Éireann is the Upper House of the Oireachtas.
“The main function of the Seanad is to debate legislation proposed by the Government. The Seanad can amend a Bill that has been passed by the Dáil and delay, but not stop, it becoming law. Senators can also introduce their own Bills, which are debated in the Seanad and, if passed, are then debated in the Dáil. Although the Government has no constitutional responsibility to Seanad Éireann, a Minister or Minister of State attends the Seanad when it is dealing with Bills or debating Government policy.”
In 2013, a referendum was put to the people about whether or not to abolish the Seanad. The majority of people voted to retain Seanad Éireann but it was agreed that reform was needed to make it more representative and less elitist. Because of the make-up of the Government at the moment, Senators from outside of the main parties have been successful in having many amendments passed and improving Government legislation greatly.
I know that I would be a great addition to the Seanad because of my understanding of how things work. I will be able to hit the ground running and start to progress some of the issues that I care deeply about.
To make sure that you have a say in who is representing you in the Seanad please register before February 26th each year. The register is updated every year and it is very easy to register. You can even take a photo of your completed registration form and email it in to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have included some of my priorities but am keen to hear from NUI grads to know what the most important issues are for you.