Robin Hanan in bid for seat in Seanad
BRAY MAN SEEKS TRINITY NOMINATION
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.’