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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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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