Senator Doherty wants electoral system changed

Senator Pearse Doherty has proposed a radical change to how the elecoral system works in Ireland suggesting that the age at which people can vote and be elected to the Dail be reduced.

He was speaking at the MacGill summer school on the topic of Ireland's electoral system and political culture and whether or not is should reformed.

Senator Doherty, who will contest the Donegal Southwest bye-election also called for the Seanad, in its current form, to be scrapped.

He says the whole system needs to be overhauled:

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Meanwhile Minister Noel Dempsey addressed the summer school on the same topic.

Fianna Fail Councillors who wish to contest a selection convension were put on notice - Minister Dempsey says that regardless of what happens in the locality, it's party HQ who make the decision:

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