We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Mind = blown

Look at how incredibly complicated it is to elect Senators...

Our minds are blown. Our heads hurt.

THE SEANAD HAS been back in the news in the last week after a series of radical reforms were proposed by a group examining how to change the much-maligned upper house.

The Seanad Working Group on Reform last week published a document outlining a series of proposals, including that half of senators are elected by universal suffrage. Under the reforms, Irish passport holders, including emigrants and residents in Northern Ireland, would be entitled to vote.

Currently, the Seanad comprises of 43 senators that are elected by just 1,167 people – all of them elected politicians.

In addition, there are six seats elected by a certain university graduates and then there are 11 nominees whose selection is at the sole discretion of the Taoiseach of the day.

This helpful graphic, produced by the Houses of the Oireachtas Library and Research Service, shows just how incredibly complicated it all is:

Seanad election Houses of the Oireachtas Houses of the Oireachtas

Can’t see it clearly? Click here

Read: Check out these VERY radical proposals to reform the Seanad

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.