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It was all about by-elections last weekend - two Dáil by-elections being watched closely with a view to gauging the mood music of the electorate; a Seanad by-election generating an inordinate amount of interest as the Government inflicted an unnecessary wound on itself; and two parliamentary by-elections in England which may yet prove to be of some interest this side of the Irish Sea.
A Galway senator has declared that a vote for Fine Gael candidate John McNulty in the Seanad elections “is a vote for cronyism”.
Everyone is asking will Reform Alliance be a new political party. That may happen in time but that decision has not yet been made.
Senators are being accused of “hypocrisy” in feigning concern for the homeless and the poor in the pre-Christmas period, while supporting Government policy that engenders hardship.
Senators may claim to be “the bulwark against harsh and draconian cuts”, but this week showed they are “unwilling to stand up for workers, the unemployed, children, and the elderly”.
If the government refuses to bring forward proposals to reform the Seanad Fianna Fail which led opposition to its abolition should make reform a central plank to its manifesto for the next General Election.
Galway is split on whether or not to abolish Seanad Éireann, with campaigners encountering mixed views on the issue only 24 hours ahead of polling.
Galwegians are being asked to exercise their democratic right to vote tomorrow in the Seanad and Court of Appeal referenda in one of the 15 polling stations open across the city from 7am to 10pm.
An “elitist and undemocratic” institution with “no place in a modern democracy” deserves abolition, according to a Galway member of Seanad Éireann.
Sinn Féin vice president Mary Lou McDonald will address a public meeting in Galway next week to discuss the party’s pre-budget proposals.