Robin Hanan in bid for seat in Seanad



BRAY MAN Robin Hanan is stand­ing for elec­tion to the Trin­ity Col­lege seat in Seanad Éire­ann.

Robin is the for­mer Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the Ir­ish Refugee Coun­cil and grew up in Bray, where he still lives with his wife and two chil­dren.

He is well known in Ire­land and across Europe for lead­ing three so­cial jus­tice and hu­man rights or­gan­i­sa­tions, the Ir­ish Refugee Coun­cil, EAPN (Euro­pean Anti Poverty Net­work) Ire­land and Comh­lámh, a vol­un­teer net­work work­ing for global jus­tice. He was also a Board mem­ber of Pobal Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment, the Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme Sup­port Agency for Wick­low and Kil­dare.

Vot­ing is open to ev­ery­one with a Trin­ity de­gree, in­clud­ing DIT grad­u­ates be­tween 1975 and 1998. Bal­lot pa­pers for this elec­tion are posted on March 21, to be re­turned be­fore April 27.

There are 1,798 vot­ers reg­is­tered in County Wick­low, of whom 660 live in Bray.

He has been pro­posed by Pro­fes­sor Louise Richard­son from Wa­ter­ford who is now Prin­ci­pal of St. Andrew’s Col­lege, Scot­land, a for­mer Dean of Rad­cliffe Col­lege, Har­vard and a writer on in­ter­na­tional and sec­onded by Pro­fes­sor Peter Wyse Jack­son from Grey­stones, one of the worlds lead­ing ex­perts on Bio­di­ver­sity and con­ser­va­tion and a for­mer Di­rec­tor of the Ir­ish Botanic Gar­dens

Ar­eas Robin is pri­ori­tis­ing in­clude sus­tain­able jobs, pub­lic ser­vice, global sol­i­dar­ity and demo­cratic re­form, and be­lieves that the Seanad should be re­formed rather than abol­ished.

‘It is ironic that the par­ties who are propos­ing the abo­li­tion of Seanad Éire­ann are still us­ing it as a rest­ing place for as­pi­rant TDs,’ said Mr. Hanan. ‘ The main strength of Seanad Éire­ann is that sen­a­tors have a na­tional man­date and can dis­cuss is­sues from a na­tional per­spec­tive. The role of a Sen­a­tor is dif­fer­ent from that of a TD. In­de­pen­dent sen­a­tors can fo­cus on na­tional de­bates rather than a lo­cal con­stituency and they are not con­strained by a party whip.’

Robin Hanan

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