Seanad

  • Appointments to Education and Training Boards

     On the 3rd March 2015, I spoke on the subject of Appointments to Education and Training Boards. You can view this below

  • Birth of my granddaughter

    The joyous birth of my granddaughter was kindly mentioned by Senator Fergal Quinn. You can view this below

  • Craughwell - Calls for the Seanad to be recalled to debate Irish Water

    Seanad

    Earlier this week Eurostat ruled that State funds spent on Irish Water will have to stay on the exchequer balance sheet. Minister Noonan himself has described this as “embarrassing” and “controversial” for the Government but it is more than just embarrassing and controversial,

  • Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco ) Bill 2014

     On the 3rd March 2015, I spoke on the subject of Standardised Packaging of Tobacco. You can view this below

  • Seanad Election 2016 : Crèche, Retirement Home or an Upper House to be proud of ? Let the people decide

    As the  Seanad Election 2016 approaches, the question has to be asked ‘does party politics serve the people or the party’.  The fallout from the General Election 2016 has resulted in many high profile TDs losing their seats and the challenge for   political parties now is how to enhance the profile of those who lost so that they are ready for the next general election whenever that comes. The people of Ireland decided by way of a referendum to retain the Seanad in 2013.  However, I doubt that anyone voting in that referendum wanted the Seanad to continue as the old boy’s staging post that it has become since 1937.

  • Seanad Eireann

    Senator Gerard Craughwell Seanad

    SEANAD EIREANN 

    This is the Upper House of the Oireachtas or Parliament. It is called the Seanad in Irish or Senate in English and its members are called Senators. The modern Seanad Éireann was established by the Constitution of Ireland in 1937. The Constitution of Ireland is the fundamental law of Ireland and it established an Independent State based on a system of representative Democracy. Unlike the Dáil which is directly elected, Senators are  partly appointed, partly indirectly elected and partly elected by a limited electorate.

    MEMBERSHIP OF SEANAD EIREANN  

    Seanad Éireann consists of sixty Senators:

    ·         Eleven are appointed by the Taoiseach 

    ·         Six are elected by the graduates of certain Irish universities:

    ·         Three by graduates of the University of Dublin.

    ·         Three by graduates of the National University of Ireland.

    ·         Forty Three  elected from five special panels of nominees known as Vocational Panels by an electorate consisting of TDs(member of Dáil Éireann), Senators and City and County councillors.

    Nomination is restrictive for the panel seats with only Oireachtas members and designated 'nominating bodies' entitled to nominate. Each of the five panels consists, in theory, of individuals possessing special knowledge of, or experience in, one of five specific fields. In practice the nominees are party members, often, though not always, failed or aspiring Dáil candidates:

    ·               Administrative Panel: Public administration and social services (including the voluntary sector).

    ·               Agricultural Panel: Agriculture and the fisheries.

    ·               Cultural and Educational Panel: Education, the arts, the Irish language and Irish culture and literature

    ·               Industrial and Commercial Panel: Industry and commerce (including engineering and architecture).

    ·               Labour Panel: Labour (organised or otherwise).

    Under the Constitution of Ireland the general election for the Seanad must occur not later than 90 days after the dissolution of Dáil Éireann. The election occurs under the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote (however in the panel constituencies each vote counts as 1000 meaning fractions of votes can be transferred). Membership is open to all Irish citizens over 21, but a senator cannot also be a member of Dáil Éireann. However, as stated above, nomination to vocational panel seats is restricted; while nomination in the University constituencies requires signatures of 10 graduates.

    SEANAD BY ELECTION 10TH OCTOBER 2014

    In the case of a vacancy in the Vocational Panels, by death, resignation or election to the European Parliament, a Seanad by-election takes place. Seanad by-elections involve Oireachtas members only, which in the past have ensured that the Government of the Day decides the successful candidate. University vacancies, however, are filled under different rules, wherein the university in question holds a specific by-election.  In October 2014 a Seanad vacancy arose by the election to the European Parliament of Senator Deirdre Clune. I contested and won that election on the 10th of October and was honoured to be appointed to the Cultural and Educational Panel and a Senator in the 24th Seanad 

    http://www.oireachtas.ie/members-hist/default.asp?housetype=1&HouseNum=24&disp=mem#tabs-3

    WHO CAN BECOME A SENATOR?

    Every citizen of Ireland over 21 years of age who is not disqualified by the Constitution or by law is eligible to be elected to the Seanad. Persons undergoing a prison sentence in excess of six months and persons of unsound mind are disqualified for election. Certain occupations are incompatible with membership of the Seanad, for example, members of the judiciary, senior officials of the institutions of the European Union, civil servants, whole-time members of the Defence Forces and Gardaí (police).

    TIME OF ELECTION

     A general election to the Seanad must take place not later than 90 days after the dissolution of the Dáil (Lower House). The dates for the various stages of the election (nomination, polling, etc.) are appointed by order of the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government.

    PANEL MEMBERS

    Before each General Election five panels are formed of candidates having knowledge and practical experience of the following interests and services respectively:- (i) Cultural and Educational Panel: - national language and culture, literature, art, education, law and medicine; (ii) Agricultural Panel: - agricultural and allied interests and fisheries; (iii) Labour Panel: - labour, whether organised or unorganised; (iv) Industrial and Commercial Panel: - industry and commerce, including banking, finance, accountancy, engineering and architecture; (v) Administrative Panel: - public administration and social services, including voluntary social activities                                                      

    REGISTER OF NOMINATING BODIES 

     The Seanad returning officer (Clerk of the Seanad) maintains a register of bodies entitled to nominate candidates to the panels of candidates. To be eligible for registration as a nominating body, an organisation must be concerned mainly with and be representative of the interests and services of one or other of the panels. A body cannot be registered in respect of more than one panel. Organisations which are mainly profit-making concerns are not eligible for registration. The register is revised annually.

     

     

     

  • Seanad Eireann

    Doors into Seanad Chamber

    SEANAD EIREANN is the Upper House of the Oireachtas or Parliament. It is called the Seanad in Irish or Senate in English and its members are called Senators. The modern Seanad Éireann was established by the Constitution of Ireland in 1937. The Constitution of Ireland is the fundamental law of Ireland and it established an Independent State based on a system of representative Democracy. Unlike the Dáil which is directly elected,   Senators are  partly appointed, partly indirectly elected and partly elected by a limited electorate.

  • Seanad Introduction

     I took my seat in the Seanad on the 14 October 2014 and was formally welcomed by fellow Senators. You can view this below

  • Seanad Reform

  • Workplace Bullying

     On the 10th March 2015, I spoke on the serious subject of Workplace Bullying. You can view this below

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