Incumbent Trinity Trio Retain Seanad Seats, After Remote Count

Posted in Governance and administration on April 2nd, 2020 by steve

“Trinity’s three incumbent Senators – Lynn Ruane, David Norris and Ivana Bacik – have all held onto their seats in the Seanad, after an election that concluded on just the eighth count. Norris, a Senator since 1987, reclaimed his seat on the fourth count, with Bacik winning hers on the sixth count and Ruane following on the eighth …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 1 April]

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Rónán Mullen, Michael McDowell, Alice Mary Higgins Keep NUI Seanad Seats

Posted in Governance and administration on April 2nd, 2020 by steve

“Incumbent Senators Rónán Mullen, Michael McDowell and Alice Mary Higgins have been re-elected to the Seanad in the National University of Ireland (NUI) panel. Mullen reached the quota on the first count with 9,642 first-preference votes. He exceeded the quota by 112 votes …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 1 April]

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David Norris Re-Elected to Seanad on Fourth Count

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Senator David Norris has been re-elected to the Seanad in the University of Dublin constituency, reclaiming a seat he’s held since 1987 on the fourth count. Norris won 3,768 votes out of a total valid poll of 15,041, surpassing quota by seven votes, returning officer Provost Patrick Prendergast announced this afternoon …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 1 April]

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First Seanad seats filled from NUI and Labour panels

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2020 by steve

“Ronán Mullen has been the first person elected to the NUI panel of the Seanad. He was elected on the first count with fellow outgoing Senator Michael McDowell almost reaching the quota …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 1 April]

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Seanad election: Covid cocooning means new NUI returning officer

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2020 by steve

“A new returning officer is to be appointed to supervise a Seanad election panel because of cocooning rules for the Covid-19 pandemic. Chancellor of the National University of Ireland (NUI) Maurice Manning is also the returning officer but because he is over 70 he will be forced to stay at home …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 30 March]

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Senator cannot vote in Seanad election but wife, daughter cast ballots as NUI graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2020 by steve

“Counting begins on Monday in probably the most unusual election in the history of the Seanad. As contingency measures are made to conduct the election which must go ahead because of constitutional obligations, Cathaoirleach Denis O’Donovan appealed to candidates and their agents to waive their legal right to attend the counts at three locations across Dublin …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 30 March]

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Seanad election turnout of NUI graduates tops Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“Candidates in the Seanad elections have appealed for voters on the university panels to return their postal ballot for the deadline on Tuesday, March 31st. Outgoing Trinity College Senators Ivana Bacik and Lynn Ruane expressed concern at the low turnout with just 9,500 completed ballots returned from an electorate of 70,000 graduates …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 25 March]

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Seanad elections to continue despite Trinity’s closure

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2020 by steve

“Elections for the three Dublin University seats in Seanad Éireann are continuing as normal despite the University being closed, a spokesperson for Academic Registry has confirmed to Trinity News. ‘We are still receiving ballots at the moment, we are currently on a rota and each staff member is sitting in separate rooms for safety purposes’, they stated, adding that ‘the university is planning to proceed with the count at present’ …” (more)

[Comhall Fanning, Trinity News, 21 March]

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An Interview With NUI 2020 Seanad Candidate Laura Harmon

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2020 by steve

“Laura Harmon is an independent candidate for the 2020 Seanad Election. Born in 1986, she is a graduate of UCC. As President of the USI, Laura led the student campaign in the marriage equality referendum in 2015 …” (more)

[Cian McGrath, University Express, 19 March]

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Interview with NUI 2020 Seanad Candidate Michelle Healy

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2020 by steve

“Deputy News Editor Maeve O’Sullivan recently spoke to Michelle Healy, an independent candidate in the upcoming NUI 2020 Seanad elections. Ms Healy comes from Bishopstown, Cork and is a graduate of UCC …” (more)

[Maeve O’Sullivan, University Express, 20 March]

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The future of Seanad Éireann

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As a co-author of the Seanad Reform Bill 2018, I share much of the frustration expressed by Dr Colum Kenny (Letters, March 4th). The public gave a clear mandate for Seanad reform in 1979 and 2013, yet legislation to open up the university panel and give every citizen a vote has been consistently obstructed and delayed by the Government …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 5 March]

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Seanad elections – time for reform

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Once again I may vote twice in elections to Seanad Éireann. Once again, on principle, I shall not do so even once. Graduates of the National University of Ireland and Trinity College Dublin can vote in the election of six senators ‘representing’ those bodies …” (more)

[Colum Kenny, Irish Times, 4 March]

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NUI graduates split on extending Seanad vote to Irish abroad, survey finds

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“National University of Ireland graduates are split on extending the right to vote in Seanad elections to Irish citizens living abroad, according to findings of a survey on reforming the Upper House …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 2 March]

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Cross-border university campaigner to contest Irish Senate

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Campaigners for a cross-border university between Londonderry and Donegal are running a candidate in the forthcoming Seanad Éireann (Irish senate) election. Garbhán Downey is running for the upper house of the Oireachtas to highlight the issue of establishing an independent cross-border university …” (more)

[BBC News, 25 February]

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Graduates without a vote

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir – Changes to the Constitution which governments initiate seem costly exercises in throwing shapes; they’re often not implemented. But now that the Senate elections are nearly upon us, there’s an opportunity to make them take remedial action. In 1979, we passed (92% for) a referendum …” (more)

[John Colgan, Independent, 23 February]

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Reforming the Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – I support John Hughes’s call (Letters, February 18th) for bringing the law into line with the 1979 referendum on extending the Seanad vote to all third-level graduates. How has every government for four decades neglected to act on this? …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 20 February]

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Seanad electorate and reform

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In reply to John Hughes’s letter on the subject of reforming the Seanad university panel elections (February 18th), the Government was, in December 2018, handed a report from the all-party Seanad Reform Implementation Group which I chaired, complete with draft legislation prepared by a professional parliamentary draftsman to give effect to the 1979 referendum …” (more)

[Michael McDowell, Irish Times, 19 February]

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Higher Education must be centre stage in a new Programme for Government, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for higher education to be put centre stage in any new Programme for Government. IFUT General Secretary, Joan Donegan, said that all political parties uniquely committed to address the funding crisis in the recent general election campaign …” (more)

[IFUT, 17 February]

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Seanad elections and graduates

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Constitution originally permitted only TCD graduates and graduates of the three NUI colleges to take part in the Seanad ‘university panel’ election. Since 1979, after a referendum to amend the Constitution, this is no longer the case. However, in practice, for over 30 years Senators and TDs have refused to draft the required legislation …” (more)

[John Hughes, Irish Times, 18 February]

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Students Just Helped Jolt Irish Politics. Third-Level May Not Benefit

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The results of last week’s general election have been widely called sensational. With the historical duopoly of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael shattered, most commentators have proclaimed this election a harbinger of a new political era. Sinn Féin’s surge won’t necessarily have delighted all students: while some will consider it a promising left-wing alternative to an unsatisfactory status quo, others may be suspicious of its historical links to violent Republicanism …” (more)

[University Times, 16 February]

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