Actually while we’re talking about the North, what of the Seanad? August 1, 2013Posted by WorldbyStorm in Culture, Irish Politics, Northern Ireland.
One aspect of Seanad abolition that struck me is how it potentially closes one avenue for representation of politicians from the North in any transitional arrangements arrived at in the future. It has long seemed to me that as the situation there develops it may become necessary to allow for secondary (and perhaps tertiary) political representation in both London and Dublin short of a fully unitary state. And both a reformed House of Lords and Seanad would offer a means of such representation, even if this was staggered with NI MPs remaining at Westminster for a prolonged period while there was a level of representation in the Seanad.
Nor is this an entirely novel idea that there should be representation from Northern Ireland, albeit hitherto it has remained cosmetic and informal with the participation of an handful of TDs across the years.
But it does seem that if there is any seriousness about developing the sort of multi-layered representations that would be necessary whether the goal was unity or merely a more broadly based representational dispensation on these islands then it seems that the Seanad offers one way forward. Though on the other hand, what better institution to “park” such representation…