- Dec 9, 2004
The 1979 referendum was actually about taking away a constitutional block on the breakup of the NUI, which looked possible at the time. It actually had zero to do with the Seanad.Not true. Enda still says he wants to legislate for the 1979 reforms passed in referendum. What is a but worrying though is that he says he wants the Senators to have a say in the plans. If they have their way that might not happen - especially the university Senators some of whom would lose their seats if the university franchise was expanded. Asking the turkeys to vote for Christmas could be a stalling tactic.
However I imagine they will still open up to the University panels to all third level graduates. However that isn't exactly a ground breaking reform that will make the Seanad useful or do anything really.