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16 July 2024  

Seanad Éireann Reform - NUI Welcomes Progress


The National University of Ireland notes media reports from Monday 20 November of the proposed plan by Minister Darragh O’Brien to allow all graduates to vote in Seanad Éireann elections. NUI’s longstanding position is to support the implementation of the 7th Amendment of the Constitution.

“The National University of Ireland welcomes the Government’s commitment to
the extension of the franchise. Given our longstanding commitment to extension of the
franchise and our constitutional role in the electoral process, NUI is eager to work with the
Government in the reform and modernisation of the electoral system.”

Dr Patrick O’Leary
NUI Registrar

The National University of Ireland, as a federal organisation, has significant practical experience in compiling and managing the electoral register of degree graduates across 16 current and former member institutions.

“The reports today of Government plans to expand the Seanad Éireann constituency
is a heartening development. We at the National University of Ireland are pleased that work is
underway to make the Seanad a more representative forum for higher education in Ireland today.
We look forward to working with the Government and other higher education
institutions to see this reform.”

Dr Maurice Manning
NUI Chancellor

The National University of Ireland’s strategic plan launched in May 2023 committed the NUI to modernising Seanad Éireann electoral processes including advocating and facilitating reform. We welcome today’s reports and are available to offer assistance and support to Government. There are 112,062 electors on the National University of Ireland Seanad Éireann register, and 38,2909 votes were cast in the 2020 election.


Further information from:

Cora Lenihan
National University of Ireland
49 Merrion Square
Dublin 2, D02 V583
Ph: 01 4392424
Twitter: @NUIMerrionSq








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