The Integration Centre calls for Seanad Reform, Not Abolition

The Integration Centre has asked people to reflect on the role the Seanad has played over the years in providing a voice to minorities in the country who have struggled to be represented in the Dáil, before voting in this Friday’s (04/10/13) referendum. While acknowledging the shortcomings and the historical ineffectiveness of the Seanad, CEO […]

Political Participation: Under-Representation of Immigrants in Legislative Bodies

The parochial, constituency based approach of Irish politics excludes newcomers, resulting in the under-representation of immigrants in legislative bodies, i.e. The Seanad, Dail and local councils.   Helena Clarke, Director of Public Affairs with The Integration Centre said, ‘the low levels of political participation among migrant communities should be of great concern to the Irish […]