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OPINION: Why reform of Seanad Éireann should start with the electorate


Dr Laura Cahillane (School Of Law) writes for RTÉ’S Brainstorm that the 7th amendment of the Constitution allows all graduates in Ireland to vote in Seanad elections, but the enabling legislation has never been enacted.

It is clear that reform of the Seanad, if it is to happen, will be a complicated process and it is important that the reform eventually decided upon will be appropriate and workable. However, there is one small and relatively easy reform which could have been undertaken at any stage over the last few decades: open the University panel to all qualifying higher level institutions in Ireland.

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