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29 September 2013 Edition

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Seanad – Vote ‘Yes’ to scrap elitist body

Editorial / Eagarfhocal

The Seanad goes against the most basic principle of a modern democratic electoral system – equality between citizens, ‘one person = one vote’.

THE referendum to abolish the Seanad is on October 4th. Sinn Féin is urging people to vote ‘Yes’ to abolition.

The Seanad goes against the most basic principle of a modern democratic electoral system – equality between citizens, ‘one person = one vote’.

In the last two-and-a-half years, the Seanad has supported the Government on every single occasion. There is little value in a chamber that is less about checks and balances and more about rubber-stamping Government policy.

The next Seanad election, if this referendum isn’t carried, will likely take place in 2016. There will have been no reform in the meantime. We will be left on the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising with this useless, undemocratic body which even those who want to retain it accept is not fit for purpose.

Vote ‘Yes’ to end the elitism of this Seanad.

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