Oliver Cromwell: Right on the button regarding the Senate

The best letter to date on the question of abolishing the most exclusive club in the country.


I find it farcical when members of the Seanad, elected through a “rotten borough” electoral system or appointed, unelected, by An Taoiseach, present themselves as an essential political bulwark protecting us from the excesses of our democratically elected Dáil.

The most appropriate message for members of the “best club in Dublin” is Oliver Cromwell’s 1653 injunction to the Rump Parliament: “You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately. . . Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”

Yours, etc,
Peter Molloy

3 thoughts on “Oliver Cromwell: Right on the button regarding the Senate”

  1. In fairness, Cromwell created a fascist dictatorship under his own command about two minutes later.

  2. Seems to me, like we accepted the uselessness of our president in the last election, we are also accepting the uselessness of our ‘upper house’!!!

    Would it not be better to suggest fixing the ‘upper house’ to over check and have the ability to veto? Or even better to not have the majority elected by the taoiseacht and maybe have the majority elected from our universities or some other method?

    But instead, from our intellects, we get references to a medieval Hitler.

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