“The same arrangement would also operate in reverse..”

At the Cedar Lounge Revolution, WorldbyStorm spotted this suggestion in a recent report of the Fianna Fáil Senate reform proposals.

The Fianna Fáil submission says consideration should also be given to a reciprocal arrangement with the Northern Ireland Assembly, “whereby the Assembly and Seanad Éireann would exchange a right of audience for up to 10 members of each at sittings of each body”. Mr Cassidy said it was envisaged that, on one or two occasions each year, members of the Stormont Assembly would attend and speak in the Seanad chamber on issues of particular North-South interest such as tourism or energy, but that they would not have voting rights. The same arrangement would also operate in reverse, with Senators attending and speaking in the Assembly.

It’s an interesting comparison of the two chambers..