Senator Finucane reveals his abduction

Today’s Sunday Independent has majored on a disclosure by Senator Michael Finucane during a debate on the peace process in the Seanad that he’d been abducted by an IRA gang back in March 1990.

  • willowfield

    Why is Michael Finucane a senator?

  • Mick Fealty

    He’s a former TD (and a Limerick man), and was appointed deputy leader of Fine Gael in the Seanad when Enda Kenny took over in 2002.

  • willowfield

    Whoops! I thought it was Michael “son of Pat” Finucane!

    Thanks, Mick.

    Out of interest, what is the make-up of the Senate?

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    Seems like a rather pathetic attempt by a relatively unknown politician to get in on the Mc Cabe production.
    The men wore balaclavas yet he knows who they are. The only link to the IRA was the preposterous assertion that the IRA contacted the Gardai who acted as message boys for the IRA. As a public rep surely they could have phoned him up themselves.

  • Occasional Commenter

    The Seanad’s composition is a little complicated – see here for the details.

    It’s an attempt to create a second house with members with knowledge and experience of many areas of life.

    Most Senators are elected because of their knowledge of, or experience in, Education, Agriculture, Labour, Industry, or Public Administration. The electorate consists of senators, TDs (members of the Lower House) and local councillors.

    How to fill a second house of parliament is always going to be a tough one. I believe that if a second house was to be elected by the people then it may as well be scrapped. The whole point of a second house is that it’s different.

    I think the Universities should be given more seats in the Seanad.

  • willowfield

    Pat

    I see you’ve jumped into another thread to defend the name of the IRA!!

    But you’re not a supporter, right?

  • willowfield

    OC

    Thanks for the info.

    I agree with your comments – an elected second chamber runs the risk of simply mirroring the lower chamber. But then an appointed one is not representative!

    Quite a dilemma.

  • Mick Fealty

    In effect the parties ‘elect’ most of the upper house shortly after each Dail election. The exceptions are the Taoiseach’s nominees (which is designed to give the ruling party a comfortable majority and draw in Northern opinion) and the unversities.

    This generally creates a conservative house, which even when there has been a mid term change of government.

    The main criticisms has been that 1) doesn’t have enough to do and 2) the mechanism for electing have lacked transparency 3) there’s not enough independents to make up a strong ‘cross bencher’ group.