Sinn Féin’s Party Whip Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has Fianna Fáil’s proposal to retain directly appointed Senators in the Seanad shows that they are not interested in real reform.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said Fianna Fáil is clearly intent on continuing its abuse of the Seanad for its own political ends.
Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said;
“One of the biggest problems with the Seanad has been the abuse of the Taoiseach’s nominees.
“Bertie Ahern used the Taoiseach’s nominees as handy gifts for his political cronies.
“For example, Fianna Fáil General Secretary Seán Dorgan was appointed to a Seanad that sat for just one day and he got paid €5,000 for it. He was not the only one.
“Fianna Fáil rewarded friends and allies with Seanad seats. They were the biggest abusers of the nominees process and it seems they are set to continue that abuse as their proposals for ‘reform’ of the Seanad include a proposal for eight Seanators to be nominated by the government.
“This shows that Fianna Fáil is not interested in real reform. They are proposing to retain the most undemocratic method to fill Seanad seats and attempting to dress it up as reform.”