University representation in the Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Prof Eunan O’Halpin (Letters, March 4th) claims incorrectly that the university senators have ‘done precisely nothing to remedy the one obvious injustice in Irish life which they are uniquely placed to address’, namely to implement the Seventh Amendment of the Constitution of 1979 to extend the university franchise to graduates of third-level institutions other than NUI and Trinity. His claim is wholly untrue …” (more)

[Michael McDowell, Irish Times, 5 March]

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Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 25th, 2020 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): … I thank the Cathaoirleach for the opportunity to present the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Bill 2020 to the House. The primary purpose of the Bill is to establish the new Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. The establishment of the Department is a major initiative of the new Government. It underscores our strong belief that the interface of knowledge, skills, innovation and access to educational opportunity at further and higher level is critical to our future prosperity and fairness as a society …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 23 July]

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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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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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Who is Lynn Ruane? One of the Seanad’s new faces

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“President of Trinity College Students’ Union, Lynn Ruane, has been elected to the university’s third Seanad seat. Ruane was declared victorious on the 15th count, beating incumbent senator Sean Barrett by 116 votes …” (more)

[Jane O’Faherty, Independent, 28 April]

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