#Seanad16 Candidates – I will support you if…..

Now that the 32nd Dail has been elected, attention, at least within political circles, will turn to the election of the corresponding Senate. Unlike the Dail Election, however, not everyone gets to vote in the selection of senators. In fact, most of the population are denied a vote in this ‘democratic’ contest.   I do have a vote in this election- in fact, it turns out that I have a grand total of six! The first of my six votes comes to me as a graduate of UCD while the remaining five are granted to me in my capacity as a serving County Councillor. Having never cast more than one ballot in any election, I am somewhat uncomfortable with the notion of having multiple votes in the impending selection of our upper house, particularly, when so many others have no voice here at all.   So, how can I reconcile casting half a dozen ballots in one election?   Since I hold five votes in my role as a locally elected representative, it is clear that these votes are just vested in me to cast on behalf of the people that elected me in the first place- the people of the Dundrum Local Electoral Area. My votes should, as a result, tangibly and positively benefit my constituents. I don’t believe, however, that any policy positions of incoming Senators are likely to have any meaningful effect on the people of Dundrum, at least not under the current Seanad system. With this in mind, I have decided that I will use my Seanad votes to prefer those prospective Senators that are willing to take some...