The elections to Seanad Éireann are underway and take place in the aftermath of a General Election that saw a number of excellent pro-life candidates elected.
The elections for the National University of Ireland and Trinity College panels are taking place by postal ballot. Registered voters will have received their ballots in recent days and all ballots must be returned to the relevant returning officers by 12noon on 31st March 2020. There are 10 candidates running for three seats on the Trinity Panel and 19 candidates running for three seats on the NUI panel.
Senator Rónán Mullen (NUI) is the only candidate between the two university panels who has publicly declared as pro-life and has a strong record of defending the right to life.
On the Trinity Panel, Keith Scanlon has given a private commitment in response to a query from a voter to stand up for life in the Seanad and oppose any futher abortion liberalisation.
Thankfully there are also a number of pro-life candidates running for the five Vocational Panels (to which 43 Senators will be elected). Only serving public representatives have a vote for these panels. It’s important, if your local public representatives support the pro-life position, that you ask them to vote for candidates who will stand up for life in the Seanad.
If you are a serving public representative and wish to access information on what candidates are pro-life, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond promptly.
The Pro Life Campaign has a policy of not endorsing individual candidates or parties but we strongly urge supporters to vote for and work to elect candidates who are pro-life and speak up for the right to life.
See more on how the Seanad electoral process works here