Sinn Fein hopeful of first Senator…

It looks like the first part of the Labour/Sinn Fein voting pact turned up trumps for Labour’s Alex White on the Cultural and Educational Panel. We’ll see shortly whether Labour is as generous the other way round. According to An Phoblacht, “Sinn Féin has 54 city and county councillors and four TDs, giving it 58 votes in the Seanad election. Pearse Doherty is standing in the Agricultural panel where the quota is expected to be around 90 votes”. Few, it seems, are happy with this arcane system. But despite several committee reports, reform has been thus far been languishing in the legislative long grass.

Update: RTE reporting that Doherty has passed quota…