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NUI Seanad Election candidates

category national | politics / elections | opinion/analysis author Friday June 01, 2007 19:50author by Bachelor of Arts

quick review of Seanad candidates

Below is discussion on the Seanad election under the National University of Ireland constituency. 3 Senators are elected from the following 24 candidates.

The Seanad is a highly undemocratic body. 43 Senators are elected by Cllrs, TDs and Senators. The nomination process is highly undemocratic. There are then 11 chosen solely by the Taoiseach. The remaining 6 are elected by graduates of NUI colleges/universities and University of Dublin (Trinity). Here is a quick review of the candidates.

Valerie Bresnihan: an academic playing up 'social justice'

Shane Brodbin: seems like a careerist politician.

Mark Connolly: has no website. From Cork works in financial services.

Liam Crowley: Fianna Fáil

Mark Garavan: involved in Shell2Sea. Generally on the right/conservative wing of that campaign.

Paddy Healy: former TUI president. Endorced by TUI and IFUT unions. Anti-social partnership.

Dr. John Hillery: former IMO president. Possibly FG or FF?

Martin Hogan: Green Party

John Kennedy: Fine Gael

Martina Lowe: no website.

Dáithí MacCárthaigh: Barrister from Meath. right-winger

Oonagh Monahan: self-promoting Debating society type.

Rónán Mullen: "Family Solidarity" candidate. Right-winger/ Pro-lifer.

Bernie O’Callaghan: no wesbite, A hotel owner.

Liam Ó Gógáin: "Fathers Rights" candidate.

Mary O’Riordan: medical Doctor from Limerick. No website

Linda O’Shea Farren: a solicitor and former office holder in NUI. Portraying herself as human rights activist.

Bernadine O'Sullivan: ASTI candidate. Opposed to social partnership. Prominant during teachers' dispute a few years ago. Came close last time.

Joe O'Toole: Sitting Senator. INTO candidate. Right-wing union bureaucrat type fully supportive of social partnership deals.

Susan Philips: describes herself as a 'political analyst'. Was appointed to Board of Carlow RTC by FF/Labour government.

Brendan Price: Founder of Irish Seal Sanctuary

Feargal Quinn: owner of Superquinn supermarkets. Sitting Senator.

Brendan Ryan: sitting Senator. Labour Party candidate

Daniel Sullivan: Fine Gael candidate. cynically describing himself as a disability rights campaigner.

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