Seanad News: Business as usual! April 26, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
And speaking of the status quo ante. How heartening to see the much talked of reform reaching all the way to the new Seanad cohort. Take, by way of example, the words of Senator Kieran O’Donnell (FG):
A former Limerick TD and member of the Oireachtas banking inquiry, Mr O’Donnell said he was delighted to be elected to the Seanad. He said after a “long, hard election I am happy to continue in full-time politics.
“My objective is to represent the people of Limerick and to regain my Dáil seat at the next election.”
That’s lack of change that’s all too easy to believe!
Is anyone surprised by Mullen and McDowell doing well in NUI? They’ve national name recognition (sort of kind of) and that’s the exposure that money cannot buy. TCD, with Norris seeming to top the poll and Bacik second likewise, though one might have thought the latter would have suffered the slings and arrows fired at her party, but perhaps the Seanad offered more cover than might be expected.
Anyhow, it’s farewell to Senator Jim D’Arcy, the hammer of the Shinners, a man for who no speech was complete without at least one slighting reference to Gerry Adams, SF or preferably both.
Here’s a thought, if Averil Power had simply toughed it out in FF across the last year or so, kept her concerns somewhat quieter, would she now be renominated to the Seanad by a reasonably grateful Micheál Martin? One can but wonder, though she remains in contention on the TCD panel.
Sinn Féin expects to have seven senators in the 25th Seanad when voting is completed this week on the five vocational panels of the Upper House – an increase of five seats.