Hayes and Leyden on whether the Seanad is beyond reform, or not…

I managed to grab Brian Hayes at the BIPA last week as the Irish political system was reeling from Enda Kenny’s shock announcement that he was going to do away with the Seanad altogether (since FG no longer have any ‘career Senators’, one with limited home damage)… An easy hit says Noel Whelan in last Saturday’s Irish Times… And, as Senator Terry Layden wryly notes in his interview below the fold, a vote of confidence in his current party Senators… Not!!

So will Fine Gael’s intervention be successful where even a successful referendum (the will of the sovereign People, apparently…) has failed to bring about even marginal change in the Irish democratic system…

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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