There are growing calls for all NUI graduates who have not registered for the Seanad elections to do so. Here’s the thing. I am a graduate of NUI – they awarded me a diploma (in absentia) and sent a very impressive conferring parchment by post.
The Constitution provides for Seanad seats to be elected by the graduates of NUI in a dedicated constituency.
It is silent as to whether the franchise is restricted to graduates awarded primary degrees, nor does it appear to mention recipients of postgrad awards. The NUI registration process however, requires the applicant to specify the details of the primary degree awarded.
This appears to be custom & practice within NUI rather than a stipulation mandated in the underlying legislation. Are there any constitutional lawyers in the house?
Answering my own question: 7.—(1) Every person who is a citizen of Ireland and has received a degree (other than an honorary degree) in the National University of Ireland and has attained the age of twenty-one years shall be entitled to be registered as an elector in the register of electors for the National University constituency. [Seanad Electoral (University Members) Act, 1937] Oh, well.