Seanad meeting in UL would mark need for reform

“Seanad Éireann should convene a once-off session at the University of Limerick (UL) later this year to highlight the fact that graduates of the university are not allowed to vote in elections for the Upper House, Independent Senator Joe O’Toole has said. Mr O’Toole has tabled a Private Members’ motion in the Seanad this week urging the Government to hold a referendum to implement the all-party report on Seanad reform agreed three years ago. He said yesterday it would also be appropriate because this year is the 30th anniversary of the 1979 referendum which amended the Constitution to allow the Seanad’s franchise be extended to other third-level institutions beside the National University of Ireland colleges and Trinity College Dublin …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 10 March]

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