No unionist representation in Taoiseach’s Seanad nominees – Cullinane
The leader of Sinn Féin’s team in the Seanad, Senator David Cullinane, has welcomed the announcement of the Taoiseach’s 11 nominees, saying that he was looking forward to the opening of the 24th Seanad on Wednesday.
“I am glad to see that the nominees are drawn from important sectors in Irish society,” said Senator Cullinane, “but disappointed to see no one from the unionist community in the North on the list. Perhaps this was an opportunity missed by the Taoiseach,” he said.
“As Sinn Féin said during the visit of the British queen to Ireland, gestures must be matched by real political action,” he added.
He welcomed the Taoiseach’s assurance that the 11 nominees would be independent and that their votes in the Upper House would not be under the party whip.
“Sinn Féin has proposals for the reform of An Seanad, but recognises that the addition of such figures as Dr Martin McAleese and senators representing the arts, sport and social activists and campaigners will enrich the Upper House,” he said.
David Cullinane, from Waterford is his party’s spokesperson on Workers’ Rights and Political Reform in the Seanad. He is joined by Kathryn Reilly, whose portfolio is United Ireland, the All-Ireland Economy and Youth Affairs and by Trevor OClochartaigh, An Gaelige, An Gaeltacht and Arts, Rural Development (West of Ireland)