Senator Higgins, Senator Lynn Ruane and Senator Frances Black wrote
to the Taoiseach to affirm their position that the Seanad should be allowed to
sit. They agreed with the analysis of the Constitution put forward by Senators
Bacik, McDowell and others and believe that the 26th Seanad can indeed convene
prior to the appointment of the Taoiseach’s eleven nominees and that the 49
members who have been elected should be allowed to express their mandate.
Moreover, they noted that the Dáil has been meeting for a number of
weeks now to engage with non-legislative parliamentary work including scrutiny
and oversight of public policy and that the Seanad should also have the
opportunity to engage in such scrutiny.
They believe that as an absolute minimum, a date must be set for a
sitting of the Seanad for the purpose of selecting a Cathoirleach and
re-establishing a committee to order the business of the house.