Kehoe, Paul

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Seanad Reform: Motion (Continued)

I thank all Senators for their contributions, with some of which I agree and with some with which I do not. Some Members spoke about Dáil reform, but I thought we were here to discuss Seanad refor...More Button

I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak in the Seanad in support of the motion proposed by the Leader of the Seanad, Senator Maurice Cummins. The subject of this debate is important and I am...More Button

  The debate on reforming the Seanad is not new. As we know, since 1937 there have been numerous reports and policy papers on how the Seanad might be reformed. Many of them got an airin...More Button

  As the House will know, the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste met the leaders of the different parties and groupings in the Dáil and the Seanad before Christmas to get their views on what area...More Button

  To return to procedural reform, there was agreement at the meeting between the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste and the party leaders and groups that procedural reform should proceed immediat...More Button

  In urging parties and groups to bring forward their proposals in this area, I highlight the excellent work that has already been done by the Seanad Leader, Senator Maurice Cummins, in i...More Button

  The focus of the motion before the House today is on legislative reform. As I said, this primarily involves reform of the Seanad electoral system. The electoral system for the Seanad ...More Button

I am glad most Senators here do not have behavioural problems.More Button

Of the 49 elected Members, six are titled university Members. These are elected in two constituencies, three by the National University of Ireland and three by the University of Dublin. A separat...More Button

  An important point arises in regard to the universities' franchise. In 1979 the people of Ireland approved by referendum the extension of the university franchise to other institutions...More Button

  The legislation will provide for a single six-seat constituency and for one register of electors. The franchise will be extended to all holders of a degree, or equivalent qualification...More Button

  The Constitution provides that the remaining 43 elected Members of Seanad Éireann are elected by Oireachtas Members and by members of city and county councils from five panels of candid...More Button

There are two sub-panels of candidates for each panel. Candidates are nominated to these panels by nominating bodies and Oireachtas Members. The Clerk of the Seanad, as Seanad returning officer, ...More Button

  Those entitled to vote at an election of the 43 panel Members are the Members of the incoming Dáil, the Members of the outgoing Seanad and members of the county and city councils. Each...More Button

  The motion tabled by Senator Katherine Zappone and other Senators calls for legislative reform of the Seanad within the existing terms of the Constitution but reflecting what the motion...More Button

  Today's amendment proposes that a task force, representative of the different parties and groupings within the Oireachtas, should in the first instance look at the question of electoral...More Button

  As I said, the third option for reform would involve reverting to the people by way of referendum. There was broad consensus at the meeting of party and group leaders before Christmas ...More Button

  Senator Maurice Cummins and others spoke about the duplication of work across the Seanad, the Dáil and the Oireachtas committees. When I was appointed to the position of Chief Whip, I ...More Button

If the Senator does not want to listen, there are three doors to this Chamber and the Senator can leave by any one of them. I have no problem with that and will not be upset if he leaves.More Button

The Senator was not here for most of the debate.More Button

This is unbelievable. Senator Jim Walsh is the same Senator who gave out earlier because the debate was not going to go beyond 5 p.m.More Button

I will conclude within three minutes. A number of Senators raised the issue of Dáil reform. I have examined the Dáil reform that has taken place in the last two and a half years in comparison wit...More Button

There have been far more reforms. Some Senators have asserted that the Government does not have respect for Seanad Éireann, but the Government has actually secured the future of this House. Since...More Button

I thank Senators for their contributions. It is unfortunate that we have some unruly Senators in the House, but I cannot help that. I thank Senators once again.More Button