Graduate’s challenge to Seanad voting system rejected

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The High Court has rejected a University of Limerick graduate’s claim that he should be entitled to a vote in the Seanad Éireann elections under the university and vocational panels. Tomás Heneghan claimed the State’s failure to facilitate his registration as an elector was unlawful, unconstitutional and a breach of the European Convention on Human Rights …” (more)

[Irish Times, 17 November]

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Colleges using public funds to ‘silence’ sexual harassment victims, Seanad told

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish third-level institutions are using public money in non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) ‘to silence victims of discrimination and sexual harassment’, the Seanad has been told. Independent Senator Lynn Ruane, who in June introduced legislation to ban the use of such confidentiality agreements, has conducted research including a survey which, she said, confirmed the use of NDAs in third-level institutions …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 22 September]

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Hazel Chu considers running in Trinity College Seanad byelection

Posted in Governance and administration on August 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Former Dublin lord mayor Hazel Chu is considering a run in the Trinity College Seanad byelection but wants to make sure everyone in the Green Party is ‘aligned’ on the issue beforehand. The writ is expected to be moved when the Seanad returns in September and the election will likely take place before the end of this year …” (more)

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

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Is the Seanad University Panel in Need of Reform?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“What do the decriminalisation of homosexuality, the legalisation of contraception and the eradication of tuberculosis have in common? Upon first glance, not an awful lot. However, something that these significant historical events share is the fact that university senators played a key role in bringing each of them about …” (more)

[Naoise D’Arcy, University Times, 26 June]

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Irish third level sector needs ‘significant funding’ to capitalise on Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Third level institutions will find it difficult to cater to the demand from Erasmus students who are opting to study in Ireland instead of the UK due to Brexit, the Seanad Special Select Committee on the Withdrawal of the UK from the EU has heard …” (more)

[Aine Kenny, Irish Times, 31 May]

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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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The Seanad and university representation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – My colleague, Prof Eunan O’Halpin, argues for the abolition of university representation in Seanad Éireann (Letters, March 4th), but bases his case on the failure of the NUI and University of Dublin representatives to do anything about extending the franchise to other universities …” (more)

[Brian McGing, Irish Times, 5 March]

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University representation in the Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I note that a University of Limerick graduate is taking a constitutional action relating to the university franchise (‘Failure to extend Seanad vote is unconstitutional, High Court told’, News, March 3rd). As long ago as August 1979, the seventh amendment to the Constitution permitted the reform by law of the university franchise to allow holders of degrees from Irish institutions other than the NUI colleges and the University of Dublin (Trinity College) to be represented in Seanad Éireann in a separate constituency …” (more)

[Eunan O’Halpin, Irish Times, 4 March]

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Seanad voting rights case asked: ‘Is there a constitution in the world without oddities?’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The fact the Constitution is a living document is not a licence to allow for the setting up of conflicts which render its meaning indeterminate, the State has argued in a case over the alleged failure to extend voting rights for Seanad elections …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 3 March]

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Court challenge over Seanad election voting rights for university graduates

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The High Court has begun hearing a challenge to the current system of eligibility for University graduates to vote in Seanad elections. Tomás Henegan, a civil servant and graduate of the University of Limerick, says a refusal by the State to treat him equally to graduates of other universities and third level institutions who are allowed to vote in Seanad elections is a breach of his Constitutional rights …” (more)

[Vivienne Traynor, RTÉ News, 2 March]

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Seanad Electoral (University Members) (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

IrelandMalcolm Byrne (Fianna Fail): I move: ‘That the Bill be now read a Second Time’. I thank the Minister of State for coming to the House again. As the Cathaoirleach has said, we are becoming friends in the context of debates on electoral reform. I am very happy to present this legislation to the House on Second Stage …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 10 November]

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Seanad Electoral (University Members) (Amendment) Bill 2020: First Stage

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

IrelandMalcolm Byrne (Fianna Fail): I move: That leave be granted to introduce Bill entitled an Act to provide for the amendment of the Seanad Electoral (University Members) Acts 1937 to 2006, to provide for the provisions of the seventh amendment of Bunreacht na hÉireann and to extend the franchise of the university panel of Seanad Éireann to all people who are over eighteen and are holders of an appropriate third level qualification from an Irish Institute of Higher Education and to provide for related matters …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 16 July]

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Referendum result on extending Seanad vote may be put into effect after 41 years

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than 40 years after a referendum was passed to extend Seanad voting rights to graduates of all third level institutions, legislation to finally give effect to the result could be among the first Bills debated if a new government is formed …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 22 June]

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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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