De Peeple have spoken.
The “upper house” of elitism and privilege will stay. The chamber whose members are selected by 1% of the population and by political cronyism – otherwise known as “appointments” (See Irish Times graphic above).
A chamber full of dead wood and dross – graced now and in the past by heavyweights such as Ivor Callely, Donie Cassidy, Jimmy Harte, Bertie Ahern, and Michael McDowell – rejected at the polls in his last general election outing.
Most of De Peeple I am acquainted with never stop banging on about our corrupt and useless political class, yet when given a gold-plated opportunity to put a few of them out on their waffling arses arrives, De Peeple elect – the only such input they have ever had into the Seanad – to keep these wafflers in jobs.
The Dublin chattering classes have much to answer for. Even so-called “left wing” commentators such as Fintan O’Toole called for a “no” to abolition of the anachronistic upper house. For once, the culchies led the way by voting "yes" – from this perspective anyhow – as a clear urban/rural divide saw the city slickers vote “no’ decisively.
Irish democracy has thrown a fundamentally undemocratic institution an unexpected lifeline.
It gets curiouser and curiouser.