If you're a graduate who's entitled to vote for these candidates, and you're also entitled to vote for TDs at local level, wouldn't that count as double representation?Badnarik_Eire said:Double? Who said double? Abolish the senate and retain what people seem to think the only useful part of it, cut and paste to the dail.
I can answer that. Its a hangover from the British system, which was translated into the free state constitution and then into the current one. Historically, in Britain, there were always University constituencies and in Ireland there was a constituency for trinity college (always unionist). The British ensured this continued on into the free state as mentioned before. NUI was later added on, under Bunreacht na hEireann. In Britain itself, the Universities of Oxbridge had constituencies, this later extended to Scottish Uni's and under the act of union, to Dublins trinity. Under the partition of Ireland, Stormonts parliament had a Queens constituency. It lasted in the north till 1968 and in mainland britain till 1950. The constituencies in Ireland, were in fact actually abolished in 1936 and instead the Universities panel came into being. This is when NUI reps came into being along with TCD on electing senators only, no longer TD's.Badnarik_Eire said:By two colleges: NUI, TCD
Does anyone actually know the reason why there are uni seats in the first place? It seems a bit elitist
As is parliamentary democracy. Should that go as well?Badnarik_Eire said:I am indeed, and more convinced they should go.
a relic of our imperial past.