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Anon writes:

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?



Anon adds:

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.


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  1. Spaghetti Hoop

    I’m a grad student at UCD and we got this a few weeks ago:

    ‘Students with degrees from UCD, NUIG, Maynooth, UCC, RCSI, NCAD, St. Angela’s Sligo, Institute of Banking, Shannon College of Hotel Management & more can register to vote in the Seanad.’

    However, the deadline to register to vote was yesterday, 26/2.

      1. Sinéad Keane

        I’m dyslexic by the way. Have you any life ‘Bertie’ or are you just a professional troll leaving in their Mam’s basement.

      2. Sinéad Keane

        I understand your obviously a 60 plus, over grown schoolboy hence the juvenile fascination with Denis the Menace. If you have no proper point to make except being rude don’t try

          1. millie st murderlark

            Nah, I just have a bit of self confidence, love. And know how to laugh at my own foibles.

            Try it sometime. Or don’t. You seem the type who can’t let something go.

          2. Bertie Blenkinsop

            Lighten up Sinéad, it’s a lovely day…. well the portion of sky I can see from my Ma’s basement is blue anyway :)

    1. ReproBertie

      The people decided democratically not to abolish the Seanad.

      July 5th will be the 40th anniversary of the 7th amendment to extend the vote to grads from non-NUI third level institutions. 40 years and nothing done.

      1. Daisy Chainsaw

        Dear lord! You’d have people with degrees from (swallows hard) RTCs and NIHEs allowed to vote?

        Someone please fetch me my smelling salts. Tis too too much!

        1. Cian

          You’re totally right Daisy.
          The whole ‘democracy’ thing went breasty-up when they extended the vote to the wimmins.

    2. realPolithicks

      I agree 100% Sinead, what a farcical situation that only a tiny minority of the citizens of Ireland get to vote for this august body.

  2. Joe

    Lots of graduates in NUIG have registered to vote with the only purpose to vote out the sexist pleb Ronan Mullen. He’s in for a big shock as the rug is pulled out of political career.

    1. Iwerzon

      Ah, Ronan Mullen, forgotten but not gone, will probably get appointed by God or whoever appoints the likes of Marie-Louise O’Donnell.

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